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-Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65 )
Volume 6 Number 13
xjor The week Ending July 22nd 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 177th Issue


The trial of two accused for the murder of Acting Minister of

Agriculture, Innocent Belmar, completes its fifth week today
(21st) with indications that the jury of eight men and tour
women will retire early next week to consider its verdict.

Defence Council have already addressed the Court, the Prosecution
is expected to wind up its address today and, if the Trial Judge,
Mr Justice Archibald Nedd, does not begin his summing up today,
then, almost certainly, he will begin that exercise on Monday

Belmar was shot about 7.30pm on January 4th last and on trial are
Kennedy Budhlall, 24, and Lauriston Wilson, 23. Originally

charged with these two was Lloyd John but, following the
preliminary hearing in the Magistrate's Court, John was released.

In an unsworn statement from the dock, Budhlall told the Court on
Friday last week (14th) that, at the alleged time of the shooting,
he was attending a committee meeting of the Tivoli Adult
Education Programme. The meeting began at 5.30pm and ended
at 8.00pm.

Following the meeting, he said, he went to an estate managed by
hi 'brother Russel where he arrived around 9.30pm and went to
sleep. On the morning of the 5th he was awakened by his
brother who told him that the Police had searched his (Russel's)
house the night before for arms and ammunition and had said they
were looking for Kennedy Budhlall in connection with the shooting
of B44ur.
S a wanted To Kill
Kennedy sa}d he was not afraid because he had done nothing but
Russel thougH% it unwise to go to the Police Station
unaccompanied by a lawyer because, he said, there were some 50
armed policemen Asarching for Kennedy and "looking like they
# (continued)

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wanted to kill." Russel took him to their father's place,

promising to contact a lawyer and return.

According to Kennedy Budhlall, the Police and some 30 members
of the Defence Force found him on his father's premise about

3.30pm that day and took him into custody. He said that,
from the time of his arrest until his arrival at the Grenville
Police Station, he was beaten with batons and struck with rifle

butts. At the Station, Budblall said, a crowd of 500 people
greeted him with kicks and cuffa and there was a shouting of
"let's kill him now".

Budhlall's unsworn testimony also told of threats made to him

by a Police officer to "get the gallows ready" if he knew and
would not say who killed Belmar. He told also of receiving

14 stitches at the General Hospital and of haring been removed
from that institution by the Police against the orderBof a
doctor. He said he had been unable to walk, had been placed

in a prison cell for condemned persons at the Richmond Hill
Prisons, end had been "without medical attention for days."

The first witness called by the Defence was Pedro Antoine who
told the Court that he and Budhlall were both members of the
Tivoli Young Workers Cooperative Society, an organisation, he
said, which runs a night school for the educationally
underprivileged. He said Budhlall had been present at a

committee meeting of the Society which commenced at 5.30pm on
January 4th and concluded at 8.15pm.

Antoine said he slept that night at the home of one Herbert

John where the committee meeting had been held and, at 5
o'clock the next morning (5th), armed Police had arrived and
searched the premises. He said the search party found a

'pellet gun' which they took away.
Cuffed & Trampled
This witness told also of seeing Budhlall taken from a truck
at the Grenville Police Station on the afternoon of the 5th.
lie said Budhlall was cuffed and tranpled upon by a large os wd,
and "he also received lashes with batons". Antoine said

Alister Hughes
THE GRENA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.7.78
Page 3
Inspector Godfrey Augustine tried to protect Budhlall and he also

received a few blows.

Under cross-examination, Antoine admitted that he had been asked

to certify that Budhlall was at the committee meeting.

Another witness for the Defence was Mrs Eileen Belmar, mother of

the murdered man. She testified that, sometime before his

death, her son told her that Government was "always harassing him".

Innocent Belmar had said that he was searched for guns when he

went to the offices of the Grenada United Labour Party and to


Mrs Belmar said that one Cossie Nurse had tried to persuade

Belmar to go to a party arranged for him at the Bamboo Bar on

January 4th. Belmar had said he did not know of any party

planned for him and, in any case, he did not intend to go as he

was unwell. Mrs Belmar said that Innocent Belmar's wife,

Monica, also persuaded him to go to the party which he eventually
Good Friend
"About a quarter of an hour after he left", Mrs Eileen Belmar

said, "the telephone rang. Somebody asked if Mr Belmar was at

home and I said no. The person asked how far he had gone and

I said he had gone to the Bamboo Bar." Mrs Belmar said the

caller then asked what clothes Belmar was wearing and when she

inquired who was speaking, the person said it was "a gpod friend

of Mr Belmar."

The Prosecution in this case is being handled by Mr Nathaniel

King, a Trinidadian barrister who is acting for the Attorney
General, Mr Ernest John. Budhlall is defended by Messrs
Maurice Bishop, Lloyd Noel and Ben Jones, while Wilson's Counsel

are Messrs Kenrtck Radix, and Wilberforce Nyack.

The Defence has been assisted by other Westindian barristers

who, in the past, have given their services regionally in cases

where the violation of human rights may be involved. In this

case, Mesers Bryan Alleyne and Doodnauth Singh, barristers from

Dominica and Guyana respectively, were at the trial during the

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week ending July 1st.

Mr Prank Solomon, a Trinidadian barrister arrived in rena6ad on

July 11th and is still here, and Mr Aaan Alexander, also of
Trinidad, arrived on Tuesday (18th). NEWSLETTER is advised

that these Defence Counsel will remain until next week.
(992 words)


Mr Pranklyn Duncan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of

Agriculture has attacked a newastory appearing in the Trinidad

"Expressa newspaper relative to the Moco banana disease in


The ndwastory, filed by NEWSLETTER as correspondent for the

"Express", was based on a release of June 5th from the Windward

Islands Banana Association (WINBAN). Quoting the release,
the newastory said, "the dreaded banana Moco disease has been

positively identified in LUrenada." It went on to give some

of the symptoms of the disease and methods of control specified

by WINBAN and, again using information given by WINBAN, said,

"Dr D K Cronshaw of WINBAN recently visited Grenada to organise
a survey to determine how large an area of the island is affected."

Mr Duncan's attack on the "Express" newastory came today (20th)

when NEWLETTER called him to inquire whether the extent of the

affected area had been determined. The Permanent Secretary

said he was not in a position to give any information and he

expressed concern over the "Elpres'" newsstory which was

headlined, 'Vengence' of Moco hits bananas in northern G'da".
Sinister Motives
"The .tory was a gross distortion", Mr Duncan said, "it not a
malicious distortion of the facts which may or may not be
based on sinister motives." Mr Duncan had no explanation
of his statement and he declined to expand on it, but he said
that, in due course, he would issue a press release.

Very little more information was obtained when NEWSLETTER spoke
today (20th) with Mr Harold Baptiste, Manager of the Grenada ,

B2Rnana Cooperative Society. Asked whether the extent of the

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affected area had been determined, Mr Baptiste said th* er is no

on-going effort in this direction because "the areas were

definitely defined."

The information that a team is looking into the extent of the

spread of the disease is "past history", he said. The affected

areas had been determined "quite some' time ago", but he was unable

tc say what these areas are "off hand", because the information is

"in the records" and he could not get it out then because he was

at a meeting. As far as he could remember, the disease is

confined to the north of Grenada in the parish of St.patricks and

on the Samaritan and Madeys estates.
NEWSLETTER called several estate owners today (20th), and a

picture of near island-wide infection has unfolded. The
banana produced for export does not appear to have suffered as

yet to any considerable
extent, by e N

bluggoe, a member of ...
,B ;St.Patricks'-)
the banana family,

used extensely
locally as a cooked /J
vegetable, has been / .s
hit badly by a disease

the symptoms of which

appear to be that of
Moco. 'i
r" ,y kSt.Davids d .,

In the parish of ,4 t.J
St.Patricks at the /. / v ~'
northern end of the
island, estimates of 5 Miles
the'loss of the bluggoe crop vary between 70% and 905. 7A

St.Andrews parish, on the east, the infection has not caused as
much damage but, in widespread areas, there are reports of

symptoms of Moco in the bluggoe. NhWSLETTER was unable to get
confirmation of the disease in St.Marks on the west coast, but
bluggoe stands in parts of St.Johns parish on the west coast and
St.Davids parish on the east coast are affected.

Alister Hughes
THE GREHUDA HEWSLET&. Week Ending 22.7.78

Page 6.

It has not been possible to find out the extent to which

plantations of bananas for export have been affected in

St.Patricks, but it appears that, outside of that parish, while

there are affected areas, the damage is slight. Plantation

o-ners express the fear, however, that with bluggoe trees

interplanted with export bananas, if theodisease affecting the

bluggoe is Moco, the spread of the infection is a real risk.
(589 words)


Another person associated with the Belmar murder trial has
suffered from fire.

The first was Mr Lloyd John, a witness for the Defence who,
following the giving of his evidence on July 7th, had an attempt
made to burn his home.

I:r John, who lives in a wooden house, told NEWSLETTER that,

about 3.00am on the morning of the 8th, a suspicious noise had
a-akened him and his family and they had succeeded in extinguishing

the flames which were burning at one corner of the house.
Mr John discovered after that the other three corners of the

building had all been saturated with kerosene.

The fire bug struck again in the early hours of July 16th. In
an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Ben Jones, one of the

Defence Counsel, said he had retired about 3.10am but, before
turning in, had inspected a store-house in his yard in which

agricultural produce was stored, 'hirty-five minutes later

he was awakened by shouts and, running outside, discovered that

the store-house was ablaze.

"It strikes me strange", he said, "that at five past three I was
out in the yard looking at that building and everything was all
right, then, at a quarter to four, the complete building is
engulfod in flame."

*:r Jones said that, with the help of neighbours, an attempt was
mnde to extinguish the flames, but this was unsuccessful. He

Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER ,- Week Ending 22.7.78
Page 7
estimated his loss at between 12 and 15 thousand East Caribbean

(243 words)


Increased electricity rates will go into effect on August let.

Mr W R Lord, Manager of Grenada Electricity Services (GES) told

NEWSLETTER yesterday (20th) that Government has given approval to

the new rates and that, basically, the increase will be EC05 on

every unit.

"This increase will put the Company in a better financial position

than the difficult one in which we now find ourselves", Mr Lord

said, "and the increase is especially necessary because we will
have to buy a new generator in 1980 or 1981."

The Manager said this projected new equipment 1t estimated to cost
EC$2a million and its capacity will be 2000 kilowatts.

Referring to the increased rates to come into effect next month,

1r Lord said he anticipated they would result in a reduction in

consumer use of electricity. "We expect that people will be
extremely energy conscious in future", he said, "and we may have a

condition similar to that of the United Kingdom which is

experiencing its third year of negative electricity consumption

growth following the last increase in electricity rates."

Ar Lord did not think this would necessitate further rate
increases although he thought the consumption growth rate will be

very slow. However, anticipating industrial expansion, the

GES Manager felt that the new generator projected for 1981 would
be necessary.
(219 words)


Twenty-one employees retrenched by Grenada Electricity Services

(GES) on June 15th have not been re-employed in spite of

Government intervention on their behalf.

Thirty days notice of the retrenchment was given in May and, after
(continued) -

Alister Hughes
Page 8
the expiration of the notice, the Technical & Allied Workers

Union (TAWU) staged a protest sit-down strike, following which

the Minister for Labour, Mr Roy St.John, intervened. Mr St John

held discussions with GES representatives and proposal put

forward by him were discussed at a GES Board Meeting on July 6th.

NLWSLETTER is reliably informed that Mr St.John addressed that

GES Board Meeting, following which the Board met Prime Minister

Gairy on the same day. GES officials decline to disclose what

was discussed with Mr Gairy and will say no more but that the

retrenched workers have not been re-employed.

In its letter giving notice to the retrenched workers, GES said

the Company's financial position had continued to worsen and "the

position had now been reached where the very survival of the

Company is threatened." The retrenched workers were assured
that they would receive severance pay.
(180 words)


The Government appointed Tribunal to arbitrate the industrial

dispute between the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and
LIAT (1974) Ltd has completed its award, No announcement has

yet been made but NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that both the

Airline and the Union received copies of the award early this


The dispute arose from a deadlock in negotiations over a new

Industrial Agreement and, when discussions with both the Labour

Commissioner and the Minister of Labour failed to break the

deadlock, LIAT (1974) Ltd being an "essential service" under the

law, the matter went to arbitration.

The Tribunal held its first meeting on June 12th and there were

9 heads under which it was to take evidence and make an award.
NEWSLETTER has not been able to get details of the award, but a

usually reliable source said today (21st) that, under the head

of wages, employees are to receive a 20% increase in the first
year and 15% in the second. TAWU had demanded 75% over two

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Page 9
years while the Company offered 5% in each year.

Members of the Tribunal were Mr Adrian Date, retired Puisne Judge

(Chairman), Mr George Brizan, economist (nominated by TAWU) id

Mr Elvin St.Bernard, retired Puisne Judge nominatedd by LIAT).
(207 words)


Mr Karl Heinz Rouette, 55, is the new Ambassador designate of the

Federal Republic of Germany to Grenade. Mr Rouette, who is

also Ambassador designate to Trinidad & Tobago, arrived in that
country on July 11th and will be stationed there.

It is expected that Mr Rouette will come to Grenada in due course

to present his credentials, but no announcement has been made of

this yet.

The Ambassador designate is a barrister and career diplomat. He

has been in the German Foreign Service since 1953 and has seen

service in South America where he was posted to his country's

Embassies in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Mr Rouette has served also in Africa. In 1964 he was appointed

Ambassador to Burundi and in 1974, after a 6 year spell in the
German Foreign Office in Bonn, he became Ambassador to Liberia,

from which post he came to the Caribbean.
(154 words)


Grenada born Jennifer Hosten (now Mrs David Craig), Miss World

1970, is Grenada's Ambassador designate to Canada. Government
Information Officer, Mr Jerry Remain, confirmed this to NEWSLETTER
today (21st), but Mr Romain could not say when Mrs Craig will take

up her post in Ottawa.

World wide controversy was created by Jennifer Hosten's win of the

"Miss World" title because Mr Brio Gairy, then Premier of Grenada,
was one of the nine judges. Criticisms were made that it was

unfair to have the political Head of a state as one of the judges

when that state had entered a competitor, but both Mr Gairy and

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Page 10
the organizers justified his appointment to the panel.

Mrs Julia Morley, who organized the contest, said, "If I am not

allowed to pick a Prime Minister as a judge, I'll tell them to

stuff the job I" Mr Gairy said, "I judged this contest

solely on my own integrity and on my appreciation of womanhood."

Mrs Craig's appointment as Ambassador' to Canada comes in the

wake of a reported disagreement between Prime Minister Gairy

and Mr Franklyn Dolland, Grenada's Ambassador to the United

Nations. During Mr Gairy's visit to the United states in

May, Mr Doll.and is said to have handed in his resignation which
the Prime Minister asked him to reconsider.

Mr Dolland is reported to have been unwilling to do this and
Grenada's High Commissioner to Canada, Mr George Griffith, was

transferred to fill the UN post. No announcement has been

made as to the confirmation of Mr Griffith's appointment as

Ambassador to the UN, but the naming of Mrs Craig as Ambassador

designate to Canada indicates that Mr Griffith will not be

returning to Ottawa.

Mrs Craig is the third daughter of Mr & Mrs H E L Hosten of

Grenada. Mr Hosten, who is President of the Grenada Law

Society, left Grenada with Mrs Hosten on Wednesday (19th) to

visit Mrs Craig who is resident in Canada.
(314 words)


Under Mr Oswald Gibbs, until recently Grenada's High Commissioner

to Britain, the London Mission has been the worst of all the
island's missions abroad.

This opinion, reported in the London newspaper "Westindian

Wprld" and reproduced in the Urenada "Torchlight" is attributed

to Prime Minister Gairy. According to "Westindian World",

Mr Gairy told this to a meeting in June of 80 selected
Grenadian nationals who had been called to a London hotel to

hear that Mr Gibbs "will be on leave effective July slt."

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Page 11
"Westindian World" said a number of people at the meeting were

offended by the doubts cast by Mr Gairy on "the ability and

character of a man who has served his country for 4 years with a

small staff and limited funds". Objections were raised also

that Mr Gibbs was not present to defend the attack on his


The newspaper reports that the Prime Minister rejected these

objections and said Mr Gibbs had committed two "cardinal sine"

which showed his incapability as a diplomat, and this was

when, during a private conversation with Queen Elizabeth, Mr Gibbs

"failed to focus his attention on his Prime Minister."

According to the newspaper, Mr Gairy told the meeting that the

Queen had said to Mr Gibbs, "Your Prime Minister is doing so

much for his country", to which Mr Gibbs had replied, "So, Your

Majesty, I understand that you terminated your Jubilee tour to the

Caribbean in Barbados."

Reporting Mr Gairy's reaction to this, "Westindian World" records

him as saying, heree you've got the opportunity to bring your

Prime Minister to focus .... she started a conversation to say

what a hardworking man your Prime Minister is and that's an

opportunity she opened for you, besides which, to change a

conversation introduced by the Queen is an insult. That is a

dismissable offence I"

The newspaper said Prime Minister Gairy declared that he was

not pre-judging anything nor accusing anybody. "I am not

saying that any money is missing or anything like that", he said,

"but what I am willing to state is, as Heed of Government

responsible for all our Missions abroad, is to be assured that
no one man has the authority to sign cheques to part with money

belonging to the Government and people of Grenada."
(382 words)


For the second time in 10 days, the Grenada Chapter of the Junior

Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a top official of the

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Page 12

hr Harry Charles, Weatindes Jaycee President visited the island

on the 9th and 10th of this month, and the World Vice-President

of Junior Chamber International, Mr Donald Maunay,35, arrived

in Grenada this past week-end.

Mr Maunay is on an official tour of several Caribbean Jaycee

Chapters and, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on

Monday (17th), he expressed the opinion that Jayoees in this
region are misdirecting their efforts.

"The majority of the Chapters that I've come in contact with

seem to be more involved with community programmes", he said,
"and they appear to have forgotten that we are a leadership

training organisation". The World Vice-president said the
Movement had to be concerned with individual development and

the management of organizations, and he found that when Chapters

fall shot of providing management and individual training, the

membership has the problem of "retaining themselves".

"Community development and community projects are fine", he
said, "but the most emphasis should be placed upon the training

of leaders, and this training is one aspect in the Caribbean

that is lacking now."

Mr Maunay, who lives in Washington, D C, U S A, began his tour
on June 24th and, before coming to Grenada, visited the Bahamas,
Belize and Surinam. He also visited Ouracao where he

attended a Junior Chamber International Area Conference on

July 12th.

In addition to meetings, seminars and workshops with the Grenada

Jaycees, Mr Maunay spent some time visiting Past-Presidents
of the Grenada Chapter and seeing something of the island.

"I promised my wife and kids that, after I get back, I will

bring them down to the Caribbean", he told NEWSLETTER, "and I
feel certain that Grenada will be part of their visit because
it is the most beautiful location I have visited so far on

this trip."

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The World Vice-President left Grenada on Wednesday (19th)
for St.Vincent and he will go on to St.Lucia, Dominica,
Antigua, Jamaica, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. He is
scheduled to return to Washington on August 7th.
(357 words)


The S S "Geestland" sailed on July 18th with 21,570 boxes
of bananas weighing 682,710 Ibs. here were 183 boxes
of rejected fruit. Neither the boxing plant weight nor
the price paid by Geest Industries Ltd to the Grenada
Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) is yet available. GBCS
paid producers ECB14 on the boxing plant weight.

In connection with the shipment by "Geetstar" on July 11th,
the boxing plant weight was 594,069 and the price paid by
Goest was EC032.445. S 0 o8

The price paid by Geest on the shipment by "Geesttide" or
July 4th was ECO 32.445. P,'1

During the week ending July 15th, there were four cruise
liner calls. These were :-
July 10th "Pairwind" 1079 Passengers
11th "Angelina Lauro" (not available yet)
"Cunard Countess" 753 Passengers
12th "Carla C" 772 do.



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