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THE GRTEADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Ending May 7th 1977
T & T PARBIIMITARIAHN BANR=D
The Honourable Mr Raffique Shah, Chief Opposition Whip in the Trinidad
& Tobago House of Representatives was denied entry into Gremada when
he arrived at Pearls Airport on Saturday April 30th.
Mr Shah had come to the State on the invitation of the General,
Agricultural, Commercial & Factory Workers Union (GACFWU) the trade
union arm of the New Jewel Movement to be a guest speaker at a
Rally planned for Sunday May 1st to honour the late T Uriah "Buzz"
Butler. Butler, well-known Trinidad & Tobago tradeunionist and
politician, was born in Grenada and died in Trinidad recently.
At Pearls Airport to meet Mr Shah was the Honourable Maurice Bishop,
Leader of the Opposition in the Grenada House of Representt ives and,
when, on arrival of the plane, Immigration Oficials prevented Mr Shah
from landing, Mr Bishop boarded the plane and spoke to Mr Shah.
A short time later, Mr Bishop was seen to leave the plane and attempt
to deliver a document to Mr Andy 8canterbury, Immigration Officer.
Mr Bishop said later that this document wea Mr Shah's written appeal
against the banning and that the Immigration Officer had refused to
After a delay of some 30 minutes, the LIAT plane departed but, some 4
or 5 minutes after take-off, was recalled by the control tower as a
result of an anonymous phone call warning that there was a bomb on
board. All passengers disembarked, all baggage was unloaded and
then reloaded after being identified by passengers. The plane was
searched also but no bomb was found.
During the search, Mr Shah was kept under police guard in the Customs
area of the airport and, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER,
expressed disheartenment "to find a situation existing in the
Caribbean today where a Member af Parliament of one of the CARICOM
states is not allowed to land in another CARICOM state."
"When the politicians who are in power in the Caribbean stand up and
shout about unity and the need for the Caribbean peoples to get
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together", he said, "we see the manifestation of the opposite
when people who represent the working class people of one country
are not allowed to land in another of the states."
Mr Maurice Bishop said he was shocked and disgusted with the
treatment meted out to Mr Shah. "Since 1974 the Gairy
Government has been sheltering Eugene. eek, a criminal wanted by
the FBI", he said, "and while this is going on, Raftique Shah, a
respected parliamentarian and tradeunionist from Trinidad is
denied entry. The priorities of the Gairy Government are
Among the psaengers on the plane with Mr Shah were Mr Peter
Morgan, Executive Director of the Caribbean Tourism Association,
and the Honourable Milton Cato, Premier of St.Vincent. According
to reports, Mr Oato's Government also banned Mr Shah (together with
.ar George Weeks, President General of the Trinidad & Tobago
Oilfield Workers Trade Union, and Dr walter Rodney, Guyanese
historian) from entering St.Vincent for May Day celebrations.
Contacted by NLWSLETTER on Sunday (1st) and asked for official
comment on the banning of Mr Shah, Mr Henry Bullen, permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said, "I don't have any
comment to make, I have not had a report on the incident, if there
was one." Asked whether he knew of the ban on Mr Shah, the
Permanent Secretary said, "Not really, I just dent know what's
going on." Efforts to reach Prime Minister Gairy, who is
Minister for Security, and Mr Ian Gale, Director of the Government
Information Service, for official comment, proved futile.
As a sequel to the banning of Mr Shah, the General Secretary of
GACVWU, Mr Selwyn Strachan, made public on Wednesday (4th) a letter
received from the Prime Minister's office. This letter, dated
April 27th, is signed by Mr J N Morris, Special Advisor to
Mr Gairy and, according to Mr Straohun, it was not received
until April 3rd.
In this letter, Mr Morris acknowledged receipt of the Union's
letter to the Prime Minister (dated April 18th) inquiring whether
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Senator George Weeks and Hon. Raffique Shah would be permitted to
enter Grenada to be guest speakers at a Rally organised fon May iat
to honour the late T Uriah "Buzz" Butler. Mr Morris advised GACFWU
that Messrs Shah and Weeks "will not be permitted to enter the country
for the purpose stated in your letter."
ZEEK' S "BROTHER" FOUND DEAD
Frank Clancy, alleged brother of American fugitive-from-justice
racehorse-trainer Eugene Zeek alias John Clancy, was found dead in his
swimming-pool at his south-coast residence about midnight last night
Frank, whose real name is said to be Dominic Pellato, arrived in
Grenada with Zeek early in 1974 accompanied by Karl Korte alias Chuck
Mueller, Zeek's jockey, and Nancy Mueller alias Nancy Martin who
passed as Zeek's wife.
In March 1974, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
issued a "wanted" notice for Zeek for "fraud by wire" and alleged that
he embezzled some US$2 million from racecourses and banks. Since
then, Zeek has resided in Grenada and, aided by pellato and Korte, has
operated a nightclub, charterboat service and 'freeport' sales.
Martin who, together with Korte, is wanted by the FBI for questioning;
returned to the US about three months ago and is making arrangements
to adopt three Grenadian children from an orphanage.
On 13th October 1974, Pellato married one of Prime Minister Geiry's
personal secretaries, Evelyn Veronica Hosford. Marriage was under
the name of 'Prank Clancy' and his age given then was 43. Hosford
left Pellato about a month ago and it is not known whether he was
living alone. Pellato is said to have a wife in the USA.
Last year, Grenada's then Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian, was
suspended from his duties on complaints made by Prime Minister Gairy
that Mr Christian had "acted contrary to Cabinet's instructions" when
he attempted to take legal action against Zeek, Korte, Pellato and
Mueller with a view to having them deported. Mr Christian was
cleared of the charges but resigned after Mr Gsiry had him deported
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from Grenada. No action has been taken against the 4, end
Mr Gairy said, "Grenada will not usurp the position of the
American Courts. If the High Courts in the USA issued an
Extradition Order, the Government of Grenada will bow to its
international obligations. It is understood that no
extradition treaty exists between Grenada and the USA covering
the crime of 'fraud by wire'.
The Grenada Criminal Investigation Department originally denied
knowledge today (6th) of the death of Pellato but subsequently
admitted, at the same time refusing to give any information
relative to the matter. It is not known who found Pellato's
body but eyewitness confirms he was shoeless and wearing only
As NEWSLETTER goes to press (noon 6th), the body is at the
General Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortum.
OAS MISCONCEPTIONS CLE&R UP
Misconceptions about Grenada's ability and readiness to host the 7th
Regular Session of the OAS Assembly in June have been cleared up.
This was disclosed in a Government Information Service press release
issued today.(5th), and it was stated further that Grenada's delegation,
now meeting with the permanent Council of the OAS in Washington, includes
Mr George Griffith, Grenada's Acting High Commissioner in Ottawa,
Mr Alfredo Neire, Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Wellington
Friday, Educational Advisor to the Government of Grenada, Miss
Gloria Payne, Grenada's Co-Ordinator of the OAS Conference,
Lt. Col. Winston Massanto of the Grenada Defence Force and
Mr Pabian Redhead, Permanent Secretary in Prime Minister Gairy's
Speaking from Washington last night (4th), Mr Griffith is
reported to have said that "one of the almost visible aspects
of the discussions has been the unanimous desire of the
delegates that the Session in Grenada be not only successful
but that it should live up to the high quality of this type of
meeting and in this regard, Grenada should feel proud and
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excited to be host to this OAS meeting."
According to the GIS release, Dr Friday has reported that the Grenada
delegation has been able to sort out the problems which have been
raised and clear up the uncertainties. He said that, by their
efforts, they had been able to awing the entire attitude of the
Council to one of positive confirmation that the Conference will be
held in Grenada.
COMMISSIONER: GOVLERNMET HAS BIGGER PLANS
The General, Agricultural, Commercial & Factory Workers Union (GACFWU
- the trade union awm of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) was refused
permission by the Police to use a public address system at a Rally
to honour a well-known tradeunionist, because the Government of
Grenada has "bigger plans".
This was disclosed yesterday (4th) when GACPWU publicised
correspondence exchanged between the Union and Commissioner of Police,
Mr Osbert James.
In a letter dated April 26th, GACPU applied to Commissioner James,
as required by the Public Order (Amendment) Act 1974, for permission
to use a public address system to advertise a Rally scheduled for
May slt to honour well-known "renada-born Trinidad & Tobago trade-
unionist, T Uriah "Buzz" Butler, who died in Trinidad recently.
GACFWU also asked for permission to use a public address system at
Mr James' reply, dated 28th April, said, "I am to advise you that
Government is planning to honour the memory of Mr Butler, one of
grenada's greatest sons, by proclaiming a special Commemorative Day.
This Day will be marked by impressive and solemn ceremonies and
Government will invite the Government of Trinidad & Tobago and the
Trades Union Council to participate in the event."
The Commissioner's letter continues, "Since Government has these and
other bigger plans for honouring Mr Butler, please be advised that
permission is not, repeat not, granted for the use of a loudspeaker
at the times and places stated in your letter of application."
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For some time now, the NJM has complained of discrimination
practiced against the Movement by the Police in the matter of
granting permission to use public address systems and, on April
15th, Mr Maurice Bishop, Joint Coordinating Secretary of NJM and
Leader of the Opposition in the Grenada bouse of Representatives,
wrote to Commissioner James in this connection. Among other
things, Mr Bishop pointed out to Mr James that "the discretion
which you are called upon to exercise under the Public Order
(Amendment) Act 1974 requires you to act fairly, impartially
and in a quasi-judicial manner."
Mr Bishop told NEWSLETTER today (5th) that it is clear from
Mr James' letter to GACFWU that the Commissioner is not acting
fairly, impartially or in a quasi-judicial manner. "If
Mr James refuses the use of a loudspeaker to the Union on the
grounds that the Government is going to stage its own celebration
for Butler", he said, "then that refusal is not based on public
order considerations but on politics."
In a Government Information Service press release dated April 26th,
it is stated that the importance of Uriah Butler's work for the
labour movement in Trinidad, and the inspiration he gave to
workers' organisation throughput the Caribbean has never been
"The Government of Grenada", says the release, "plans to correct
this failure to recognize the greatness of Uriah Butler and his
contribution to improving conditions for Grenadians working in
Trinidad in particular and, by his inspiration, workers
throughout the Caribbean, by holding the Uriah Butler
TWO MORE TYPHOID CASES THIS WE"K
Sources close to the General Hospital confirmed today (6th) that
the total number of confirmed typhoid cases at the General
Hospital in the current outbreak reached 21 this week with the
admission of two more cases.
Of these cases, 18 are from the Gouyave zstate/Dougalds.ton area on
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the west coast about it miles from St.Georges, while the other 3
originate in the districts of Vincennee and LaSagesse on the island'a
east coast about an equal distance from St.Georges. The three .
cases on the east coast have a family relationship, but their
connection with the polluted stream on the west coast, identified as
the source of the disease, has not been established.
Last week, the Grenada Medical Association issued a warning of the
outbreak of typhoid and suggested precautions to be taken by the
public. Dr L M Commissiong, Chief Medical Officer, told NRESLETTER
a release had been drawn up for approval of Minister of Health,
Herbert Preudhomae., before being issued. To date, there has been
no statement from the iinietry of Health or from the Government
There have been no deaths resulting from the typhoid outbreak.
GES INQUIRY STARTS 24TH
A release issued from the office of the Governor General states that
the Commission of Inquiry appointed "to examine and investigate all
aspects of the Grenada Llectricity Service operations in Grenada" will
commence on Tuesday May 24th.
The release invites memoranda to be submitted to the Secretary of the
Commission, Mr eaudsley James, by thursday May 19th, and the Governar
General, Sir Leo deGale, has directed that the sittings of the
Commission shall be held in public or private as the Commissioners
Public sittings will be held at Parliament Building and may be
attended by any persons wishing to do so.
At a press conference held today (5th) by the opposition People's
Alliance, concern was expressed over the fact that two Government
employees have been appointed to the thrte-man Commission, and that,
because of this, the investigations of the Commission may be inhibited
"because of pressures."
The Alliance also expressed concern over the competence of the
Commission to investigate the matter entrusted to it, and felt that
one member should have been an electrical engineer.
Members of the Commission are Mr Adrian Date, retired Judge of the
Supreme Court (Chairman), Mr Joseph Baln, the (Grenada Government
Director of Audit, and Mr Glyn Evans, the Grenada Government
SWWU CENLBRATES 25TH AWNIVERSARY
on May let, the "renada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU)
celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding. aSW originally
a branch of the Grenada Workers Union (OWU) came into being on May 1st
1952 as a result of friction with its parent Body, and SWWU was
officially registered as a trade union in its own right on 2nd June
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To commemorate its Silver Anniversary, the Union organized a series
of activities this week, one of which was the laying of a cornerstone
by SWWU President, Mr Arthur Ramsey, on May iat, for the proposed
extension of the Union's headquarters, Otway House.
Among persons invited to Grenada for the SWWU celebrations was
Mr Vernon Glean, President General of the Trinidad & Tobago Seamen
and Waterfront Workers Trade Union. 'In an exclusive interview
with NEWSLETTER on Tuesday (3rd), Mr Glean expressed disappointment
that Mr Raffique Shah, President General of the Trinidad & Tobago
Islandwide Canefarmers Trade Union, had been denied entry to
Grenada by the Grenada Govrrnment.
Mr bhah was invited to %'renada to take part in a Commemorative Rally
organized by the Grenada Agricultural, Commercial & Factory
Workers Union (GACFWU) to honour the late T Uriah Butler, and
Mr Glean said this was a good gesture. "I can see no reason
for the banning of Reffique", he said, "but only hope there was
some misunderstanding and that it will be sorted out".
ROSIE DOUGLES COMIEMNS BAF O SHAH
In an exclusive overseas telephone interview with NEWSLETTER on
Wednesday (4th), Mr Rosie Bougles, political activist of Dominica
and Secretary of that island's "Popular Independence Committee",
expressed, on behalf of his Committee, "full solidarity with the
United Labour Front of Trinidad & Tobago and also YULIMO in
St.Vincent on the banning of Raffigue Shah, Walter Rodney and
Mr Shah, a member of the United Labour Front of Trinidad & Tobago,
and Mr George "eaks of the Trinidad & Tobago Oilfield Workers
Trade Union, were recently officially denied entry into Grenada.
Messrs Shah and leeks and Dr Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian,
were also recently denied entry into St.Vincent.
"We feel that the preventing of free travel within the Caribbean
is a backward and undemocratic act meant to stifle free speech
and perpetuate ignorance, all in the interest of protecting
minority interests which exploit the labour of the Caribbean
people", Mr Douglas said. "All democratic countries in the
Caribbean should deny Gairy (Prime Minister of Grenada) and Cato
(Premier of St.Vincent) entry into their respective countries and
isolate them as archaic stumbling blocks obstructing the natural
path to national liberation and Caribbean nationhood."
TUC IsLCTION CONTRO8YER S ETTp
A special Convention of the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC)
held on April 28th has raolved the controversy over the election
of Mr Osbert Benjamin to the post of TUC President at the Annual
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Conference on April 2nd.
According to a release issued by TUC today, objections to
Mr Benjamin's election were raised by Prime Minister Gairy's Grenada
Maritime, Manual and Intellectual Workers Union (GIAIWU) on the
grounds that the procedure had been "unconstitutional and
unparliamentary". The specific grounds were that a vote was not
taken when there had been a Motion before the meeting that
nominations for the post of President be closed.
The release says that, at the Special Convention, 15 delegates,
including all 10 of the GMMIWU, voted that Mr Benjamin's election had
been unparliamentary, 1 voted against and 16 abstained. It is
reported that some members thought it "passing strange" that no
protest was made at the April 2nd Conference when Mr Benjamin was
At the special Convention held on April 28th, an election for the
post of President was held again. Mr Benjamin was returned
ECA ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
According to a statement published in the Government Gazette of
April 22nd, the East Caribbean Currency Authority (LCA) had
EGC52,964,645.00 circulating in notes at 28th February 1977.
Circulation of coin at that date was tC$6,241,413.00.
External Assets at the end of February totaled LC0167,208,733.00
including EC5150,833,371.00 in Fixed Deposits and Money at Call,
EC$4,299,851.00 in U.K. Government Securities and EC0l0,103,695.00
in Other Securities.
Internal ^ssets were EC$27,673,847.00 made up of EC$24,948,483 in
participating Government's securities including Treasury Bills and
EC$2,725,364.00 in Other Assets.
INVESTITURE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Today (6th), Governor General, Sir Leo deGale, will present the
following awards in the Queen's 1977 New Year's Honours List :-
Mr W A Redhead, C.B.E.
Mr Godwin Brathwaite, Cabinet secretary, 0 B E
Mr Albert Abraham, Education Officer, M.B.E.
Mr Norbery patterson, B.E.M.
Mr Clunis Cyrus, B.E.M.
Mr Lionel St.Paul, B.E.M.
Mr rinston Thomas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Mr Clement Griffith, B.E.M.
.TIHE GRIEADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 7.5.77
On May 3rd, the S S "Geestatar" loaded 21,521 boxes of bananas
weighing 647,135 1bs and valued at IC$84,127.00. There were
182 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending April 30th, the following cruise liners
called at Urenada :-
April 24th Monarch Star 622 Passengers
26th Cunard Countes 573 do.
28th Britanis 1,185 do.
Alis Oer B eas
6 th 1977
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Y8ETMI~ 8 Por the week ending Uay 7th 1977
The banning from Grenada of the Honourable Ratffiie
Shah, Chief Opposition Whip in the Trinidad & Tobago
House of Representatives, and Preaident Genearq of
the Trinidad & Tobago Islandwide Canearmers T!de
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Leader of the Opposition in the Grenada House of Representatives, the
Honourable Maurioe Bishop, presents appeal against ban (signed by Mr
Shah) to Mr Andy Soanterbury, Immigration Officer.
;Ir Shah (right) under police guard in Cuetolm area at pearls Airport.
At centre is Mr Maurice Bishop.
THE OREJADA NHEWLETTER Pistorial Supplaernt, Week Ea64U1 7.5,77
Honourable Milton Cato, Premier of St.Vinoont, outeite the
VIP lounge at Poais Airport during the Rafftquo Shah
Incident. MW Cato was a passenger on the plane with
Honourable Raffique Shah waves to oheoing crowd ae he reboards
LIAT plae. To right of Mr Shah is Mr Andy Boanterbur,
Imigration Officer, who escorted Mr Shah on board.