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FOUNDED 17TM AU SJ 1973
For The Week Ending 30th June 1984
11th Year of Pub1 cation - 303rd Issue
Volume 12 Number 7
THE "MAURICE BISHOP"t INQUIRY
On dune 13th at the end of the day's, sitting of the pre-
liminary'inquiry into the "Maurice Bishop" murder case
there wit no assurance that Grenada's Director-of Public
:Prosecutions (DPP), s:. Velma Hilton, would continue :as
part. of the prosecuting team.
Msi Hilton. declined to give this assurance to Chief Mag
r-istrate Lyle-St Paul.as she let him know that: Mr. Nich
-olas Brothwaite,; Chairman of the island's Interim Gov-
ernment, had told her she is being replaced by Tri:iLdd-
:ian barrister Karl Hudson-Phillips as leader of the pos.
ecutich in this matter.
"I give no assurances", she said, "my integrity is of the
S utmost' import e .e "
Ms.. Hilton- did not say what she considers to be a chal-
lenge to her integrity, but gave some indication by her
comMentS in the Magistrate's Court -with reference to a
team of Jamaican barristers due then to come to Grenada
for the defence.
fI cannot deny that I know them all", she said, "but I
dare any man to say that I have discussed this case with
any refence Coun sel
On behalf of Mr. HudsB -Phillips, the DPP requested an
adjournment until Apri 18th, but Jamaican Defence Coun-
sel Ms. Jacqueline Samuels-Brown told the court the
team of Jamaican barristers would not be ready to proceed
before June 27th. -cont'd-
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Some of these barristers had not yet been called to the bar in Gre-
nada, she said, and time was needed to go through this formality
and tos' ak t, Their cients '
Ma gitrat6 St. Paul expressed' reaatdis at sf acion with tt .k'
of progress into this Preliminary Inquiry, the start of which has
been postponed several times.A :'
"I don't know what is going to happen next", he said, "but I know
that if this continues I am not going to take part in the game.
am fed up and you may be looking for another magistrate".
Mr. St. Paul adjourned the case until June 27th and said this will
give him m t'ore time to consider my position". He hoped the-in --
quiry would start on that date "whether I am here or not".
The team of Jamaican Defence Council announced by Miss Sb%%*dEi Br own
Mr. Howard Hamilton Q.C. (Leader), Ms. Norma Linton, Messrs. EaTr
Witter, Delano Harriman, Maurice Frankson and Arnold J, Nicholson,
iMr. Nich>lson was in court on June 13th but could not be heard tby
the Magistrate as he was not yet called to the Grenada bar.
Ms. Samuiel-Browll said members of the team were engaged in other mat-
ters aind could not be present that day but Mr. Nicholson was in
court to "indicate the respect the team has for the court".
In this preliminary-Inquiry, 20 .persons face the charge of urder-
ing Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 7 others at Fort Rupert, head
-quarters of the Peoples Revolutionary Army, last Octpber 19th.
Among those charged are Bernard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister in the
Peoples Revolutionary Government, and his Jamaican .born wife, Phyl-
This preliminary inquiryy got off the ground on June 27th with the
Prosecution calling'its first witness.
Mr. Errol Seaton George took the oath shortly after noon on that day
and testified briefly before Chief Magistrate Lyle St. Paul adjourn
-ed until June 28th.
Seven Jamaican barristers previously announced, appear for the de-
fence and the representation is as follows:-
Mr Hamilton and Ms. Samuels-Brown, his Junior, appear for Bernard and
Phyllis Coard, Leon Cornwall, John Ventour and Calistus Barnard, (also
called Iman Abdullah.)
selwyn StraChan, Liam James, Dave Bartholomew and Fabian Gabriel
are.represented by*. ,s .Litont -hi.le Jitfnt~ -AustiV, tRaebuVn Nelsor,
Christopher Stroute and Cosmos Richardson are represented by Mr.
Nicholson. '. continued-
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Mr. Witter appears for Ewart Lyne, Lester Redhead and Colville Mac-
Bar atte.Mr. Frankson represents Andy Mitchell and Cecil Prime while
Mr. Harrison appears for Vincent Joseph and Ian St. Bernard.
The charge is that, on 19th October last, these 20 persons killed
Maurice Bishop, Jacqueline Creft, Unison Whitemap, Norris Bain,
Fitzroy Bain, Keith Hayling, Evelyn Bullen and Cecil Maitland.
The Prosecution is led by Trinidad Queen's Counsel Karl Hudson-Phil-
lips and he is assisted by Jamaican Velma Hilton, Guyanese Odel Ad-
ams (Attorney General designate of Montserrat), Trinidadian Oric S.
Dougan and Guyanese Doodnath Singh.. Mr. Singh was not in court on
June 27th was taken up almost entirely with complaints by the Def-
ence that their clients were being denied basic human rights in
Richmond Hill Prison where they are being held,
Mr. Hamilton told the court the accused werenot being given enough
time to consult their lawyers and were not being permitted ;onsult-
ation in private.
"We are entitled to see out clients but of the, hearing ofothers",
he said, "and I have had to receive instructions from my clients
in the presence of 5 machine guns which were pointed at me some-
Mr. Hamilton complained also that ,Mrs. Phyllis Coard was being al-
lowed only one hour of exercise per day and the accused men only 2
hours. He thought it looked almost like a. policy decision to deny
basic rights to these persons who, he pointed out, are not convicted
but are on remand.
He said that, when these persons /were first imprisoned, the food
was passable" but the quality has "proceeded on a general deterior-
ating slide". There are no fruits and vegetables, he said, and,
as a result, Mrs. Phyllis Coard is suffering from night blindness.
"Rodents, flies and roaches are found in the food", Mr. Hamilton
said,"and, th-is morning, there was a centipede".
He said also that no reading material was allowed and he asked that
the accused be permitted to have notebooks so that they can make
notes of the instructions they wish to give their lawyers.
Mr. Hudson Phillips said the Prosecution was not in Court to pro
-claim the saying, "Do so don't like so" but to guard the rights
of all persons whatever their antecedents.
He agreed that arrangements should be made for reasonable opportun-
ity for the Defence to consult their clients in private and it was
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his understanding that permission had been given for the accused to
receive fruit fr6m their relatives.
Thb Leader of the Prosecution said he" favours t'he use of 'Wiiting lat-
erials for the accused but said this must be done at the discretion
of the Cotamissiotei of Prisons ahd these materisas must be used onll
ot paVsiLhg ini ttibi e iions to the Defe'nce lawyers.
Chief Magistrate St. Paul said he has no jurisdiction to command any
changes in conditions in the prison.
"I will not make any pronouncement from where I sit" he said; "the
Commissioner of'Prisons has a book of rules and he should read 'them"
Grenada's law does not permit reporting of evidence given in a P-e-
liminary Inquiry and details of George's evidence and that of
other witnesses will be published only if/when this' case reaches
the High Court. '
The Court learned on June 28th that Defence lawyers 'ii this case had
been. instructed to walk off'the case if they were' unable toget' an
adjournment until the following week.
Leader of' the 7-barrister all-Jamaicai Defence team',Mr. Howard Hamil-
ton, Q.C.,i told Magistrate Lyle St. Paul that the 20 accused persons
had issued special instructions.
"We have been given written instructions from our clients to apply
for a 5-day adjournment", he said, "with the understanding that, if
'.at adjournment is not granted, we are not to participate any fur-
ther in these proceedings". :
earlier Mr. Hamilton had told Mr. St.Paul there had not been suffi-
2ient time for the accused persons to brief their counsel properly.
rhcre had been some improvement in arianagements for interviews:he
said, in that extra time had been given on the day before and it had
been possible to hold interviews in private.
Dut, it had not been possible to speak to all the accused in the al-
loted time, he said, and he asked that the hearing be adjourned for
5 working days.
"We would want to be allowed to conduct interviews with our clients
for 8 hours on each of those working dayst,, Mr. Hamilton Said, "and
we hope we can also do interviews on Saturday and Sunday".
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Mrs. Velma Hilton, for the Prosecution, objected to the adjournment,
The hearing had been postponed several times since it was first cal-
led early this year, she said, and an undertaking had been given
that the Defence would be ready to proceed now.
Magistrate St. Paul said the Court had started to take evidence from
one witness, Mr. Errol Seaton George, and Mr. St. Paul did not think
there should be a break at this stage.
"Things are not done that way", he said. "I cannot continue to
bend over backwards facilitating these adjournments. The inquiry
must go on".
It was at this state that Mr. Hamilton told the Court of the special
instructions given the Defence team by their clients.
Mr. St. Paul adjourned the Court, retiring to his chambers, inviting
the barristers of the Prosecution and Defence to join him for con-.
sultation. That consultation lasted 20 minutes, following which,
Mr. Hamilton addressed the Court.
"In the light of the developments I have brought to the attention of
the c.urt", he said, "having consulted with my colleagues, I request
an adjournment until tommorrow,so that we, as Counsel for the De-
fence, may advise ourselves as to how we can assist this Court fur-
Mr. St. Paul granted this adjourment, expressing the hope that the
Defence lawyers would take the opportunity to consult their clients.
On the next day, June 29th, the Defence was granted an adjourment un-
til July 4th, but presiding Magistrate Lyie St. Paul warned that his
patience was running out.
"I don't mind delays if they can help the course of justice", he
said, "but you cannot go on making demands for adjourments. Remem
-ber, the name of the Magistrate in this case is "St. Paul" and not
At the close of the.June 28th sitting, Leader of the Defence team,
Mr. Howard Hamilton, told the Court that the 7 barristers represent-
ing the 20 accused persons had had written instructions from their
clients to retire from the case if a 5-day adjournment was not grant
Defence and Prosecution teams then retired with Mr. St. Paul for
consultation, following which Mr. St. Paul adjourned the Court.
On the morning of June 29th Mr. St. Paul was over an hour late ar-
riving at Court and it was learned that he and ll the barristers
involved in the case had been in consultation from an early hour.
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On arrival at the Court, the Magistrate and Barristers retired for
more consultation which 'lasted for nearly An horii
When Mr. St. Paul.finally opened the Court.more than 21 hours late,
the application for and granting of the adjournment was accomplished
in less than 30 minutes.
This Preliminary.Inquiry has been subjectto several adjourments
since its first sitting last February, and Mr. St. Paul expressed
the hope that, when the Court sits again, on July 4th, nobody will
ask for a further adjournment.
"I will say 'No'," he said.
WHO'S WHO IN THE INQUIRY
Twenty persons face a change of murder and are held at RithmOnd Hill
Prisons in connection with the death of Prime Minister Maurice Bish-
op and 7 others last October.
The Charge Sheet dated April 1984 and lodged at the Magistrate s Of-
fice (Southorn District) carries a Court Number of 334/1984, and tho
"For that the defendants on Wednesday the 19th Day of
October 1983 at Fort Rupert, situate in the Town:of St.
George, within the Southern Magisterial District, did
commit murder by intentionally causing the death ofi-
Maurice Bishop, Jacquetine Creft, Unison Whiteman,
Norris $ain, Fittzroy Bain, Keith Hayling,. Evelyn
'Brat' Bullen, Cecil Maitland
by unlawful Harm. Contrary to Section 234 of the
Criminal Code Chapter 76 of Volume I of the Laws of
Grenada 1as amended.
The 20 persons charged are;-
1. Andy Mitchell
2. Vincent Joseph
3. Calistus Bernard (also called Imam Abdullah)'
4. Cosmos Richardson
S 6. Christopher Stroude
7. Fabian Vernon Gabriel
8. Hudson Austin
10. Lium James
1.:. John. -.LeAonCtornwall'. .Ventou, ti d-
I. L John rAnthony VentouE. -continued-
HE 'GRENADA NEWSLETTER
Ian St. Bernard.
20. Raeburn Nelson
The following thumb-nail sketches of the accused have been compiled
from information available. The information is not exhaustive.
For instance,, the fact that a:person is not recorded as being a mem
-ber of the Central Committee of the New Jewel Movement should not
be taken to mean that that person did not belong to that body. In-
formation listed is only that which it has been possible to verify.
AffPY MJTCHEL ;
V WCENr JIOSEPH
c4j, Tf, s nRRfAR)
(auaai13aled Imam Ab-
FABIAN VEReON GABRIEL
A member of the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Army. Rank unknown.
' A member of the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Army. Rank unknown.
A lieutenant in the Peoples
No information available. May
have been a member of the Peoples
A Captain in the Peoples Revo-
A Major in the Peoples Revolu-
Ai ASergeant in the Peoples Revo-
General in Command of the Peoples
Revolutionary Army. Minister of
Construction in the Peoples Revo-
*lutionary Government and a member
of both the Central Committee and
Political Bureau of the New Jewel
Movement. Was born on 26th April
1938 Studied with both the Ben-
i net College and International Cor-
respondence Schools, specialising
with the former in highway and air
port construction and with the late
te- in general construction. Grad-
uate An Construction ~~jine9t~ 9 of
the Jamaica Institute of Science &
Technology. Was a member of the
Grenada Volunteer Constabulary i-n
; the 1950s and, in 1958, had a six
'month course at Chaguaramas, Tri-
.nidad in weapons, tactics, recon-
onada fom 1960 to 196 in e-
nada from 1960 to 1969.
Deputy Prime Minister in the Peo-
pSa Ravol3tionary Govrinment acnd
Minister of Planning, Trade & In-
Was born on 10th August 1944. Re-
ceived a degree in Political
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PgRNARD CARD (c ntd)
JOHN ANTHONY rVf OUR
-'' ; '' : '
Science & Economics from Brandeis
Universe ity,. Walthan, Massachusetts,
U.S.A. in. 1946 and a Masters tIgree
in Comparative Political Economy
from Sussex University, Britain, in
1967., Worked as a Youth & Community
Development Officer fok one year and
taught for two years at a school for
educationally subnormal children,
both in Britain.' During 1971 and
1972, did research in Latin America
for a doctorate in Political Economy
following which he lectured uyril
1974 at the Department of Interna-
tional Relations -at the St. A-,gust-
ine ,ampus- f the, U iversity of the
West Indies (UWI). Lectured from
1974'to 1916 at the DepafrmentV of
Management Studies & Goverxment at
the Mona, Jamaica, campus of UWI
refutihng to Grenada to successfully
contest a.seat in the 1976 General,
Elections as a member of the New Jw
SMarried to the former Phyllis Evans
of' Jamaica; three children, 2
girls of 12 and 10 years, one boy 4
A Lieutenant Colonel in the Peoples
: e'volution&ry Army and a member of
the Central Committee of the New
A Major in the Peoples Revolutionary
Army and a member oQfthe Central
Committee of the New Jewel Movement.
S:I Was Ambassador to Cuba for the Peo-
S ples Revolutionary Government.
A member .o the Central Committee ofi
She New Jewel Movement. Secretary/,
S Treasurer of the Grenada Trades
S. Union Council and President of the
SCommercial & Industrial Workers Un-
S,.. ion .
No information available.
SA'Lieutenant-Colonel in the Peoples
Revolutionary Army and a member of
S "'" the Central Committee of the New
4 i el Movement.
COLVILLE MC 'BA1 ETE secretary (Junior Minister) for In-
-" -brmation in the Peoples Revolution
S*"* '*'** '**h:; -'ary Government and Manager of Radio
S.; "'.'' Pr' e Grenada. Member of the Cent-:
.' -. ...:' : ..:i'' .-:r~~-, it Committee of the New Jewel Move-
SELWYN STRACHAN m' .. "' Minister of Mobilisation & Labour in
,------i, ; '.-Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
., r ept and a member of the Central
Committee of the New Jewel Movement,
-- ". -:- ....... ,-,:' : <.."l',, v! ', gn 23rd Septe mtjt AdW -.' ,Unsuc-
S : ..sfully conteslea-TC e-Gekals
.. .. .v actions of 1972 on the Grenada
.. .. a,$ional Party ticket and was also
u :successful as a New Jewel Movement
;'' ,- -..i .i .:,C, candidate in the 1976 General Elec-
Week c_fta ng 30/6/84
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In charge of the Women's Desk in the
Peoples Revolutionary Government and
Head of the National Women's Organ-
isation. Member of the Central
Committee of the New Jewel Movement.
Married to Bernard Coard,. Deputy
Prime Minister in the PeopleS Revo-
lutionary Government. Born in
Lieutenant in the Peoples Revolution
Lieutenant .in the Peoples Revolution
With reference to the persons with whose deaths the accused per-
sons are charged, the f-J1winng information is. available:-
Prime Minister in the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government and member of
both the Central Committee and Poli-
tical Bureau of the New Jewel Move-
ment. Born on 29th May 1944. Quali
-fied as a barrister at Lincolns Inn
in 1967 and founded apolitical group,
the Movement for Assemblies of the
People (MAP) in 1972. MAP merged
with Unison Whiteman's Jewel Movement
in 1973 to form the New Jewel Move-
ment. Married the former Angela
Redhead; 2 children.
Minister for Foreign Affairs in'the
S.Peoples Revolutionary Government and
a member of the Central Committee of
the New Jewel Movement. Born 23rd
September 1939. Obtained Masters
: Degree. in Economics from Howard Uni-
versity in 1969. Founded the Joint
Endeavour for Welfare, Education &
Liberation (JEWEL) in 1972 and merged
this with Maurice Bishop's MAP in
1973 to form the New Jewel Movement
minister of Education in the Peoples
Minister of Housing in the Peoples
Revolutionary Government. Born on
28th September 1934. Diploma in
Business from Bennet College and form
-erly Civil Servant in Grenada Fores-
try Department for 15 years. Since
1970 owned and managed own business.
Successful contested a seat in the
1976 General Elections on Grenada
National Party ticket, which party,
together with the United Peoples Par-
ty, fought those elections with the
New Jewel Movement under a common
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FITTOYr EAIN_ President of the Agricultural
S& General Workers Uniin 'and-
a member of the Central Com-
mittee of the New Jewel Move-
EVELYN BULLN No information available.
CECIL IAITLAND ""' No information available.
ROBLM IN ELECOR AL 2IC :
The staff employed at Grenada's Electoral Office is dissatisfied
over the transfer of one of their number orom that office and in-
dustrial action in this connection may be taken.
An informed source cilse.to that office told NEWSLETTER'on June 20th
that the Supervisor of Elections Mr. Roy Chasteau was concerned over
alleged interference with his staff by governmental authorities.
,'There have been erminnatie's of appointments without consultation
with the Supervisor r the 'source said, "anc there have been vague,
unsulbstantiated, reports.. about security risks".
In an interview on 'June 20th Mr., Chasteau derived a news story that
he had resigned but admitted there was a "problem" with his staff
of some 30 persons employed ,at the Electoral Office.
"There has been a virtual sit-in since yesterday", he said, 'and
people are just pushing paper. around".
The supervisor of Elections said he was then preparing a report for
Governor General S lr Paul Scoon bu.t declined to give details.
The preliminary lists of the voter enumeration are scheduled to be
published on July 7th. Most of the information in this connection
has already been sent to Barbados for computer processing, but Mr.
Chasteau said some items have still to be sent to Barbados. He
hoped the "slow-down" would not affect the publication date.
Also on June ,20t.h ,i release frgm the Government of Grenada challeng-
ed a News Release which is said to have originated from a Caribbean
News.Agency canaA). representative in Grenada.
According to the release, the CANA report said there was a sit-down
strike at the Electorial Officefollowing revocation of appointment
of an assistant Supervisor of Elections.
"The CANA report also stated", the Government release said, "that
the.Chairman of the Advisory C6bncil had recruited a Barbadian to
take charge of the Electoral Office and had invited him to come to
Grenada immediately". -continued-
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This is .far from the truth the release said, the Chairman of the
Advisory Council has never made any appointments to the Electoral.
Office, nor has he ever recommended such appointments.
The release explains that, with the exception of 5 Civil Servants
on secondment to the Electoral Office, all employees there are temp
orary. With completion of enumeration on 4th June, it &ays, the
appointment of one of the assistant Supervisors was revoked and the
Public Service Commission returned this office to her substantive
According to the release, "work goes on as usual in the Electoral
Office", but a check at that office on June 20th by NEWSLETTER dis-
closed that there is still dissatisfaction among the staff.
Work was not proceeding normally and this may affect Completion of
the electoral list, scheduled for publication July 7th.
Six days later, on June 26th Mr. Chasteau confirmed that he has
asked Governor General Sir Paul Scoon to revoke his appointment as
Supervisor of Elections.
"I had an interview with the Governor General last Friday"(22nd June)
Itr. Chasteau said, "and told him that I wished to be relieved of the
post, but he refused to revoke the appointment'".
Mr. Chast4au said his reason for wanting to leavethe post is that
he considers that his offices being ",interferred" with, and under
the Constitution, there must beeno interference.
An Assistant Supervisor of Elections in the Electoral Office had her
appointment terminated, allegedly without the consent or prior know-
ledge of Mr. Chasteau and this has resulted in the disruption of
work at that office due -tto industrial action.
Mr. Chasteau considers the removal of staff from his office without
his consent and knowledge to be interference with his office, and
says this is the reason he wishes to have his appointment as Super-
visor of Elections revoked.
Mr. Chasteau said that, since the Governor General has refused to
revoke the appointment, he must now take more positive action and
the only way he would stay in the post of Supervisor of Elections is
if the matter is to be tested in Court.
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NDP OPENS HEADQUARTERS
George Brizan,' Political Leader 6f the National Democratic Party
(NDP) said oht Jdne 10th that, while his party is trying -to explain
to the public the issues which now face Grenada, many persons are ern
gaged in malicious propaganda against him and his party;
""One particular person", he said, "is planning to fabricate a letter
in which I agreed to become a Minister of Education in the Peoples Re-
volutionary: government .
ir. Brizan was addressing some 200 persons assembled to witness the for-
rmal opening of. the NDP headquarters. in St. George's and he made a
strbng plea that the election campaign for the forthcoming General
Elections be free from personal villification and violence.
He introduced 9 members of the NDP "Steering Committee", one of whom
is Barrister Mrs Maureen Emmanuel, sister of Mr Pat Emmanuel of the
Interim Government. Querried after the meeting as to whether these
persons are NDP candidates for the Elections, Mr Brizan said some
would be in that category.
In hi's 90 minute address, the political leader outlined several "tasks"
he said his party would undertake if elected to form the Government.
These include the building of true and lasting democracy i' the island,
ensuring security through a properly trained and equipped Police Force
and eoping-with unemployment through the provision of jobs and skills
training for the unemployed.
NDP would also address itself to diversif-ication of the agricultural
industry, expansion of tourism and improving the health and education
The leader of a high-level mission appointed by the Government of
Trinidad & Tobago to visit Grenada haitexpressed satisfaction with
the results of the visit.
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Week Ending 30/6/84
Mr, Justice Ulric Cross, Chairman Of the Trinidad & Tobago law Com-
mission and Leader of the Mission told NEWSLETTER on June 15th that
the members of the mission had been very heartened by their recep-
tion at all levels and the visit was accomplishing a very useful
The Terms of Reference of the mission were to identify areas in
which the Government of Trinidad & Tobago can assist the people of
Grenada, and Mr Cross said the mission had had meetings with the
Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon, the Chairman of the Interim Gov-
ernment, Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite and other'members of the Interim
Discussions had centered upon technical assistance, assistance un-
der the CARICOM oil facility, counterpart financing for infrastruc-
ture projects, Trinidad & Tobago's airline, BWIA, and cooperation
in security matters.
"One important aspect of our Visit is cementing the deep and trad-
itional ties between the' peoples of Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago",
Mr. Cross said, "to a sense that virtually every Trnidaddian who
visits Grenada is on a g6od'ill mission, and we want to deiunstreate
that goodwill; in,.a. tangible .,wayi." ;
The visit of this mission was a follow-up to a visit paid to the
Government of Trinidad & Tobago earlier this year by members of
Grenada's Interlm Governmient. Siine'last October (when Trinidad
& Tobago stayed aloof from participation'in the Caribbean Peace-
keeping Force "Rescue Mis'sion" to Grenada), there has been a cool-
ness between the Governments and the Grenada visit to Trinidad is
thought to have been an effort at creating a thaw.
In an interview with NEWSLETTER on June 1'th, Mr Cross said members
of the mission had met also with some of the island's political
personalities, representatives of private sector organizations,
youth and social organizations, the Council of Churc.hes. Grenda
and the Labour Movement.
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Almost invariably, he said, the first matter put before the"mission
at all its'meetings'was the fact that, since last October, Grenad-
ians travelling to Trinidad & Tobago ae required to have a visa.
"It would be silly to pretend that this (the visa restriction) is
not foremost in the minds of Grenadians", Mr Cross said. "We have
the firm. impression that it isi
The mission Leader said he distrusts persons who, without taking an
opinion poll, claim to be able to say what. "the people" are thinking
and what their moodia.. In a very general way, however, he was pre-
pared to express a view relative to the people of Trinidad & Tobago.
"As far as .1Iknow',,he said, "there is complete goodwill on the part
of the people of Trinidad & Tobago.towards the people of Grenada, a
goodwill ,whihb I and the members of the mission share"
The 16-member non-partiaan mission included Mr. Peter A. Rambert,
acting High Commissioner to Grenada,a Mr. Shamshuddin Mohammed, Peo-
,ples National Movement 1(PNM) Member of Parliament and Mr.Nizam Moh-
ammed, Member 9of P#rliapent of; the opposition Alliance Party.
Also included were SNN-$eiator Rudolph Hypolite, Alliance Senator
Dr Sahadeo Basdeo and two independent Senators Ms. Louise Horie
and Ms, Olive Sawyer.
Private organizations represetited were by Mr Andrew Bougounea of the
Trinidad &. Tobago Labour Congress, by:;Mr.Andrew Hernandes of the
Trinidad & Tobago Employers Consultative Association, Mr Andrew
Roberts and MKClaude Boyce of the Trinidad & Tobago Youth Council
and Mrs Lucille Belmontes of the National Commission on the, Status
of Women ? -
Also on the mission were His Holiness Swami Satchideananda, Pres-
ident of the .Inter-Religious Organisation and Mr Zainool Kahn,
First Vice-President of .the Anjuman Sunnat Ul Jamaat Association.
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BRIZAN: DOOR NOT CLOSED
Mr George Brizan, Politucal Leader of the National Democratic Party
(NDP), said in an interview with NEWSLETTER on June 26th that the
door is not closed on the possibility of cooperation between his
Party, the Grenada National.Party (GNP) and the Grenada Democtaric
Discussions: between the Parties started earlier this year with a
vie* to working together it the campaign:for. the General Elections
scheduled to be held before the end of this year. Mr Brizarn
said the discussions became deadlocked some time ago but there have
now'been further developments.
"Last week we resumed discussions", he said. "These discussions
are continuing and I remain optimistic that we can face the polls
in a united whole."
Mr Brizan said the discussions cover "important detailss, but he
declined to comment ior give further information.
GNP (led by Mr Herbert Blaize) and GDM (led by Mr Francis Alexis),
have already got together under the banner of the "Team for Nation-
al Unity (TNU) and have published a manifesto. NDP also has pub-
lished a manifesto and a study of these documents indicates nQ
obvious incompatibilities and some similarities.
Both manifestos call for a system of accountability to the elector-
ate to be introduced and, to this call, TNU adds that "Elected
Representatives should be subject to recall on the grounds of in-
efficiency and delinquency"
The Parties are also in agreement in their emphasis on the involve-
ment of youth and in their commitment to the deepening of relations
with the Caribbean Community and the Organisation of East Caribbean
There 'is also agreement that elected representatives declare their
assets and liabilities before and after their terms of office.
On the economic side, the NDP manifesto is more explicit but the
underlying principles of diversification in the agricultural sector
and generally are common to both manifestos. Also common is con-
cern about unemployment.
Peculiar to the TNU manifesto is the proviso that no one shall be
Prime Minister for more than 2 terms (10 years) and that Local
Government, which was abolished by the Gairy Government, shall be
Both manifestos pledge an economy based on the private and public
sectors and on cooperatives.
The NDP manifesto provides that "on any major issue likely to cause
political unrest", a 66o vote of the electorate in a referendum
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shall force a Government to resign.
RADIX IN INCIDENT AT AIRPORT
Mr Kendrick Radix, former Minister in the deposed Peoples' evolut-
ionary Government (PRO), told NEWSLETTER in an interview -on Jun4
25th 'tt~at he was taking legal advice 'wth reference to an incident
at Grenada's Pearis Airport on June 23rd.
Mr Radix, himself a barrister, said he arrived in Grenada at ,Pearls
with his wife, the former Miss Shahiba Strong (who was Chief of
Protocol in the PRG from 1979 to i983), and she had been denied
entry to the country.
"I intend to consult.,my,attorneys today", Mr Radix said, "and to
issue legal proceedings,of a constitutional an c..coQon law nature
to have my wife .admitted to Grenada, to obtain legal redress and
for such other relief.as it is the capacity of the Court to grant"
The ex-PRG Minister said he married Miss Strong in Guyana on June
6th. He and his" wife arrived at Pearls Airport on June'23rd, but
she was told by an Immigration Officer she Would hot be permitted
"I told the `'Imigration Officer we were legally married in Guyana",
Mr Radix said "I showed, him the marriage certificate but he
paid it no regard whatsoever".
Mr Radix said his wife told the Immigration Officer she appealed
against his decision to deny her entry and asked for the proper
form to make that appeal in writing.
The Immigration Officer did not respond, Mr Radix said, and he
(Radix) informed the Officer, that he was repeating the request
for the Appeal Form both as the husband and legal advisor of
"'He then ordered me out of the room in which my wife Was being
held prisoner", Mr Radix said, "but I told him I was not leaving
my wife and client."
The ex-Minister said two uniformed United States soldiers and a
Grenadian Inspector of Police arrived at the airport some time
after and the Inspector-told him he had instructions from Comm-
issioner of Police Mervin Holder *to detain him (Radix).'
"I asked him for the grounds on which he was detaining me",
Mr Radix said, "under what law he was detaiining me and for what
offence. He then struck me on the shoulder and said, 'come-
on, come-on'. I told him to remove his hand from my shoulder
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but he continued to press on my shoulder. I removed his hand from
my shoulder and, as I got to my feet., I received a severe punch on
Mr Radix said he was then "seized with violence*' and taken "forcibly
under guard" to Police Headquarters in St Georges to see Commission-
er of Police Holder.
The ex-Minister said Mr Holder "threatened" him and said he (Radix)
had been "given too much freedom". According to Mr RadiX,
Mr Holder charged that the marriage to Miss Strong is ,"fraudulent"
and was a "marriage of convenience".
Mr Radix said Mr Holder inquired of the Police guard whether 'he
(Radix) had been arrested and, having heard that he had not,
Mr Holder said he could leave.
"So I was released", Mr Radix said, "having been in Police 'cuttody
for about three hours."
Mr Radix said that, in a telephone c-onversation with his wife later
that day, he learned she had been put on a plane to Barbados where
she was refused entry and put on another plane to Guyana.
"My wife was born inGuyana", he said, "but she is a citizen of the
United Kingdom, having resided in that country for a number of
Asked to comment, Commissioner of Polide Holder .told NEWSLETTER on
June 25th that Miss Strong chad' been deemed an "undesirable immigrant
after the Caribbean Peacekeeping Force intervention last October,
and had had to leave the island, Subsequently, he said, she
made application to return but this was refused.
"Up to the time the Deportation Order was executed last Saturday
(23rd)", Mr Holder said, "there was nothing to prove that the lady
with Mr Radik was his wife, and the Immigration Officer had no
option but to refuse her entry because he knew she had been declared
an undesirable immigrant".
Mr Holder said marriage to a Grenadian does not automatically confer
citizenship on a person. It has to be applied for, he said, and
he thought Mr Radix would have been better advised to apply for
citizenship for Miss Strong before arriving in Grenada with her.
With reference to Mr Radix' charge that he had been punched in the
face, Mr Holder said he was not aware of this but had been told that
Mr Radix had been "very noisy and had attempted to create a dis-
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The British High Commission office in Grenada, early in June, donated
some BC$5,000.O0 worth of books to the Happy Hill Secondary School,
the Grenadian Schools Library Service and the Sauteurs Library.
In an interview with NEWSLETTER on June 21st, Mr-John Kelly, British
High Commission Representative in Grenada, said these books have
been donated under a special scheme of the British Council.
"These donations 'ere made under the British Council 8Eok Pritehntat-
ion-Scheme", he said, "and they are part of a rolling program of
British Government assistance to educational institutions around
the world through-provision of reading material and tape cassette+ for
English language teaching".
Mr Kelly said other aid given by the British High Commission includes
slide projection equipment and film screens to the Grenada National
Museum and to the Conference of Churches, Grenada. A fridge/
freezer was given to the Gooyave Day Nursery.
KOREAN AMBASSADOR PRESENTS CREDENTIALS
The Government Gazette of June 8th announced that His Racellency
Sun Sup Chang4 Republic of Korea Ambassador to Grenada, resident
in Barbados, presented his Letters of Credence to Governor.
General Sir Paul Scoon on.17th May last.
The Ambassador also presented to Sir Paul the Letters of Recall
of his predecessor, Ambassador Choong Hoi Koo.
Aister Hughes- Cynthe 1hes
30th June 1984 *'l
Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cypthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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