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THE GRENADA NEWSLaTTER
Volume 6 Number 13
xjor The week Ending July 22nd 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 177th Issue
BELMAR MURDER TRIAL
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
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
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
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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
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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
"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.
PERMANENT SECRETARY ; JOCO STORY A GROSS IXAGGQrATION
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".
"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
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 ...
the banana family,
locally as a cooked /J
vegetable, has been / .s
hit badly by a disease
the symptoms of which
appear to be that of
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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.
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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.
FIRE BUG AND THE BEKMAR TRIAL/
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
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estimated his loss at between 12 and 15 thousand East Caribbean
ELECTRICITY RACES T O GO UP
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
"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
GS8 RETRENCHED WORKERS NOT RE-EMPLOYED
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
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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.
LIAT/TAWU TRIBUNAL AWARD COMPLETED
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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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).
NEW GERMAN AmdBASSADOR
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
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.
EX-MISS WORLD AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE/
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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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.
MORE LIGHT ON THE ~SWALD GIBB S ACKING
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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"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."
JAYCEES LACK LEADERSHIP TRAINING,/
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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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
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
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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.
BANANA SHIPMEU S
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
CRUISE LINER CALLS 512-4
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.