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For The .eek Ending 12th October 5
1li1ih 'e,,r f publ' ici - - - o324th Issue
volume 13 Number 13





"MAURICE P.ISHrlF" ~:.!RDER TRIAL PrR ASSIZES
The "Naurice bishop" murder trial has been taken -ut -f the category
in which it enjoyed special treatment over the last year and hea been
added to the list of some 50-plus cases care-rd to be heard at the
Assizes which started on October 8th.

Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd, sitting in the High Court in its
criminall jurie i-6*ton on October .t, at the special Courtrdoir at
Richmond Hill, adjourned the case "for mentient en October 8th, which
means that, on that date, it came before the Cou-t to have a date fix-
ed for hearing.

"This case will be put back on the calendar of the Assites due to
start one week from today', he said, "and will be for mention on that
day together with 52 other cases on the list"'

The Chief Justice said the Assizes would open at the regular courtroom
at York House, in St. George's, which courtroom is inadequate to ac-
commodate the 19 accused. It would not be necessary for the accused
to be present on that day, he said, their Counsel would be told the
date fixed for the hearing and would communicate this information to
them.

Sir Archibald referred to a motion filed by the Defence challenging
the competence of the Grenada Supreme Court to hear constitutional mat-
ters, and said there have been twn motions already which have tried
unsuccessfully to challenge the legality anA constitutionality -f the
Court.

"There is now yet another challenge pending", he'said, "and this'time,
the rose has been called by another name".
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This pending motion, which was due to be argued -n Oct-ber 3rd, requests that
certain constitutional questions be placed before the Supreme Court of the
Organization of East Caribbean States, but Sir Archibald said he would not
hear that motion. He said he hoped it would be heard by his "brother Judge",
Mrj Justice James Patterson.

In September, Sir Archibald announced he will not renew his contract with the
Government of Grenada when it expires on 31st December next, and it is report-
ed that he will go on leave from 20th TNov'ember. Counsel for both the Defence
and Prosecution took the opportunity on October 1st to congratulate the Chief
Justice on his administration of justice.

"My experience of you is limited", Mr. lan T,-msay, Q.C., counsel for the de-
fence of Bernard and Phyllis Coard told Sir Archibald, "but with the exper-
ience I have had, I have been impressed that you are an unusual person of out-
standing ability".

These qualities, Mr. Ramsay said, are not as easily found these days as they
used to be, and he thinks the press has not given sufficient prominence to
the outstanding part the Chief Justice has played with reference to this tri-
al.

The judicial situation was in darkness when the case began, he said, but,
with the efforts of both the Defence and the prosecution, Sir Archibald had
played a very important part in bringing light to this darkness.

"There has not been leadership by the Press in informing the Grenada public
as to what has happened in this Court", Mr. Ramsay said, "and to say that
the Court has been wasting time is the height of ignorance",

Mr. Karl Hudson phillips, Q.C., Leader of the prosecution, joined himself
to Mr. Ramsay's remarks and said Lady Nedd should be included in the congrat-
ulations because of the support she must have given Sir Archibald in diffi-
cult times.

These congratulations, he said, are particularly due to Sir Archibald for
his performance over the years when the peoples Revolutionary Government was
in power*

"By continuing in office after the 1979 revolution"t he said, "you display-
ed acceptance of a responsibility to maintain the judicial fabric and, for
this, you stand with great Judges throughout the centuries".

Mr. Howard Hamilton, O.C., Leader of the Defence team for 17 of the accused,
said the Chief Justice had "done Grenada prrud" by the dignity with which his
Court has been conducted.

The Defence Counsel said he agreed with the sentiments of a local newspaper
which, referring to the questions which have been.raised concerning the leg-
ality and constitutionally of the.Grenada Supreme- Court, said that the
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retirement of the Chief Justice would mark a g-orl time to nut Grentaa's
"Legal House" in order.

"We, the Defence Counsel, are like a visiting cricket team", Mr. Hamilton
said, "but we have found an unprepared pitch which is short of a length.
Besides, one end is sticky and the other end has been dug up, the outfield
is overgrown and it is raining".

He said he hoped the "pitch" would be prepared now so the teams can "get
on with the match".

Chief Justice Nedd thanked Counsel for what they had said and for their
congratulations.

"You have been good enough to say many good things about me, some of which
I did not know", he said with a smile. "I shall tuck them away in my
mind for use against any who may say to the contrary".

The Chief Justice said he had tried to prrfcrm his duties according to the
oath he had taken to dispense justice without fear or favour and, if he had
succeeded, as it appeared he had from what Counsel had said, he is happy.

"I will always remember having Ic dlin members -f the Caribbean Bar before
me", he said. "Not many small island Judges can b-ast ^f thi- ini I
thank you for contributing to my learning",

When the"contempt" motion against Commissioner of Prisons Lionel Maloney
came before :Ir. Justice James Patterson on October r-d, .Defence Counsel Mr.
Howard Hamilton, Q.C. advised the Judge that it had been withdrawn because
conditions at Richmond Hill prison had improved.

"Although some minor breaches still continue", he said, "the information
we have from the accused themselves is that there has been considerable
improvement in the execution of the terms of the order.

This contempt motion was filed when the Defence alleged that Mr. Maloney
was not carrying out the terms of an order issued to him by Chief Justice
Sir Archibald Nedd. That order instructed Mr. Maloney to permit access
of the Defence Lawyers to their clients and set out the conditions under
which those clients were to be kept at the prison. Because of Mr. Malon-
ey's alleged contempt of Court in f-ilin to carry out the terms of the
order, the motion asked that he be jailed.

This was the second "contempt" motion filed by the Defence nevinct Mr. Mal-
oney. The first was heard by Judge Patterson who dismissed it on the
grounds that the Chief Justice's order had nat been served on Mr. Maloney,
personally, as required by the rules of thp Court.

The Defence had appealed -gainst Mr. patterson's decision but, in Court on
October 3rd. Mr. Hamilton said that --peal is being discontinued.

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Also before Mr. patterson that day was another Defenep. motio-n which clai ms
the accused cannot have a fair trial because of pre-trial publicity. The
denial of a fair trial is an infringement of constitutional rights and the
motion cha'lle nges the competence of the Grenada Supreme Court to hear con-
stitutional matters.

The motion asks that this matter be referred to the Supreme Court of the
Organisation of East Caribbean States, which Court, the motion says, is the
only Court competent to hear constitutional matters arising in Grenada.

This motion was adjourned to October 10th "for mention", which meant that it
would "ome before the Court that day to have a date fixed for hearing.

The Michaelmas Assizes opened in the High Court on October 8th before Mr.
Justice Patterson and, when the "Maurice Bishop" murder case was called,the
Judge expressed doubt that, because of the pc-i.ing departure from the Bench
of Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd, it would be possible to hear this case
during these Assizes.

"We shall have to await the appointment of sir Archibald's successor", he
said. "I can't see this case starting this session and I propose to ad-
journ it to the next Assizes."

pefence Counsel, Mr. Howard Hamilton, Q.C., told Mr. Patterson he hd cnn-
ferred with Leader of the Prosecution, Karl Hudson Phillips, Q.C.,.and it
had been agreed that, if it was convenient to the Court, 19th November should
be fixed as the "mention" date for the case, that is, it should come before
the Court on that day to have a date fixed for hearing.

The Judge agreed with this and the case will be called at 9.30 a.m. that day.

There is a calendar of some 50 cases for the current Assizes of which 5 are
for murder and 5-for rape. The others are an assortment of housebreaking,
stealing and causing harm.

There is also the case against lan St. Bernard who, at the preliminary .In-
quiry of the "Maurice Bishop" case, was freed of the charge against him. Mr.
St. Bernard must now answer the charge of attempting to effect a chunre in
the Government by unla.V:ful means.

The "fair trial" motion filed by the Defence will come before the Court on
21st November for the ros-ible fixing of n date for the hearing.

This date was fixed on October 10th by Mr. Justice James Patterson after De-
fence Counsel Mr. TcHoward Hamilton, r.C., told the Court that the date had
been agreed by the Defence and prosecution after cnsu3tatinn.

This motion claims that "nrssive deliberate pre-trial nublicitv -nd all-
pervasive prejudice" has "irrevocably and permanently contravened" the
rights of the 19 accused to a fair trial.
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In an amendment to the motion, the Defence claims also that Act Number 1
of 1985, passed by the New National Government of Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize, is "void for uncertainty".

According to the motion, that act validates all laws made by the peoples
Revolutionary Government including law Number I of 1979 which suspends the
Constitution.

At the sane time, that act validates Governor General Sir Paul scoon's pro-
clamations which restore portions of the Constitution while leaving some
suspended.

The motion says that validating two sets of contradictory laws is inadmiss-
ible and renders Act-1 of 1985 "void for uncertainty".

prosecution and Defence have agreed to adjourn this matter until November
because a new Judge has not yet been found to replace Chief Justice Sir
Archibald Nedd who goes on leave on November 20th and will not renew his
contract with the Grenada Government when it expires on 31st December.






GAIRY CALLS STRIKE

A Government source told NEWSLETTZR on September 30th that a strike called
by Sir Eric Gairy's Grenada Manual Maritime and Intellectual Workers Union
(GMMIWU) appears to have been effective.

"At this time, we have had reports from about a thir4 of the 23 Government
State Farms", he said, "and these are not working. We await reports from
the others, and it would appear that at least some of these have been af-
fected by the strike",

The source said information was being sought as to the effect of the strike
on privately owned estates but these reports are still "sketchy". Some
of these estates are known to be operating normally. Others have been af-
fected and there are reports of intimidation of workers.

"From early reports", he said, "the strike seems to have been more effect-
ive in the north-eastern sector of the island than elsewhere",

According to the "Grenada Guardian" newspaper, official organ of GMHIM'"T,
the Union wrote last April to "each employer within the framework of the
agricultural industry, of which the Government Farms C-rn ration (GFC) em-
ploys the largest number rf 'wnrkers", demanding wres -f ECA11,(l and
EC$12.00 per day respectively for w-men end mrn.

"The large majority of the employers, including GFC" the newspaper says,
"never bothered even to acknowledge receipt of the Union's letter#".
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The 'Grenada Guardian" says those demands have now been stepped up. The
strike called on September 30th is based on demands of EC$14.00 and EC$15.pO
respectively for women and men. The Union also wants employers to guarantee
workers a minimum of 10 days work per fortnight, the newspaper says.

Wages on State Farms (and generally on private estates) are ECS7.50 and EC$
EC$8.50 respectively for women and men. Minister of Agriculture, Mr. George
Brizan, told a meeting of the Grenada Cocoa Association on September 19th
that wages on the State Farms would be increased by EC12.00 per day from
October 1st.

But the "Grenada Guardian" raises an objection.

"The day is long past and faded into oblivion when employers singularly and
independently determined the worker's wages" the newspaper says. "Unitar-
ilism in industrial relat ions is a thing of yesteryear and bilateralism is
today the accepted principle, without any question, in every democratic
country."

Mr. Brizan's action in increasing wages without reference ti any Uni-n is
described by the newspaper as "administrative marness ani a consciona pro-
vocation of industrial turbulence".

"It is foolhardy and a stamp of incivility on the part of any employer to
try singularly to establish rates of pay to the workers", the 'Grenada
Guardian' says, "especially when he is fully aware of the existence and re-
cognition of a Union representing his workers".

On October 1st, striking workers on Government-owned farms were given a dead-
line to return to work. In a Release, the Ministry of Agriculture called
on all workers on State Farms to return to work "without further delay".

"Failing to do so by Thursday 3rd October 1985", the Release says, "it will
be assumed that you are no longer interested in employment by the Grenada
Farms Corporation and, as such, GFC will have no choice but to look for al-
ternative workers".

As is well known, the Release savs, the Minister of Agriculture Mr. George
Brizan announced some 3 weeks ago that, through the initiative of Government
and a Farmers Committee, increased wages come into effect from October 1st
and three months back pay will be paid soon,,

There has been no breakdown of negotiations between itself and any Trade
Union, the Ministry said, and, while GFC advised tvat somim wrkprs -n cer-
tain State Farms did not show Up fnr work on Sentember 'Oth it was n-ted
that many workers who stayed away on that day returned to work on October
lst.

An informed source close to GFC told NEWdLETTER on October 1st that 4 ef the
23 State Farms had been totally shut down by the strike. They are"La Force"
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(183 acres), "Marlmount" (148 acres), "La Sagesse (110 acres) and "Laura"
(104 acres). According to the source, employment on these farms totals
an average of about 125 persons per day.

Additionally, the source said, the Government Agricultural Station at Mira-
beau.has been 10,) affected by the strike.

With reference to the other 19 State r-.rms, the source says they have been
affected to varying degrees, but it was noted that, on several-farms,there
was a noticeable drift back to work on that day.

"For instance", the source says, "in the case of "poyntzfield' where only
55 of the 79 workers reported for work yesterday, all are at work tdday'*
,and the farm is working normally".

Information about the effect of the strike on privately owned farms was
incomplete but the source said that, apart fr-m two farms, "H-pe" and
"Mount Pleasant", which hare been affected 100%, the effect had been light.

There had been reports of threats and intimidation, the source said, and
.that appeared to have had an effect on some farms, but the Special Services
Unit of the Police Force hcd been put on alert to safeguard lives and pro-
perty.

GMMIJU claims to have written "each employer within the framework of the
agricultural industry" last April making certain wige dL-Emnds, but one farm
owner told NEWSLETTER the letter he received from the Union, and letters
received by other farm owners, were not addressed to anyone.

"They were circular letters", he said, "written just to 'Dear Sir,' and
signed by the Assistant Secretary and president General of GMMIWU and, in
that form, it is not surprising that the Union got no replies".

In an exclusive interview with NE'"!!ilTTER on October 5th, Sir Eric Gairy,
GMMIWU President General expressed difficulty in understanding the Grenada
Government's approach to.the strike.

Sir Eric said he has certification that GMMIWU is recognized as sole bar-
ganining agnt for workers on Government's 23 farms mRnnri,- by GFC. Last
April, he said, GMMIWU wrote GFC making certain demands but has nnt'had
even an acknowledgment of his letter.

"I find it difficult to accept the Government as an intelligent Government",
Sir Eric said, "not having discussions with my Union when in fact and in
truth my Union has recognition, by letters from the Labour Commissioner, as
having the sole bargaining authority to bargain for all their workers".


In reply to a question as to whether the island's agricultural industry can
afford the increases demanded, Sir Eric said his Union has never asked for
ian "economic wage rate" which, he said, is about EC$32.00 per day. What
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is asked for, he said, is a rate Ahich can be supplemented by what the worker
can grow on-the piece of land he should have.

"We know that the employers cannot control the price of the commodities they
produce, cocoa, nutmegs and bananas", he said, "they have to take what they
get and they cannot pay an economic wage, but they can pay something yeason-
able".

What is being paid now is a "starvation" wage, he said., and the employers.
know he is a reasonable negotiator, they should have put their case before
the Union so that "something amicable could be ironed out".

From October lot, wages on Government Farms have been raised by pC!2.O00 er
day and Sir Eric said the fact that this has been done without consultation
with GMMIWi is considered by the workers as an insult.

"If the workers select a Union by which they want to be represented", he said,
"the Government, in refusing to talk with that Union, is denying the right to
select a Union and is also denying human rights".

Concerning the success of the strike, the president General was not in a pAsi-
tion to quote precise figures but he estimated that there had been a complete
stoppage of work on 90P/% of the 23 Government Farms. There are 42 privately
owned farms in the island, he said, and, of these, a complete shut down had
been achieved on 70, of them.

Of those farms not totally on strike, Sir Eric said, there had been a.trickle
back to work after the first day, and he attributed this to the fact that he
has not been able, personally, to talk to the workers in those areas.

An informed source close to Government denied that GMMI"Ti has won recognition
on all of Government's 23 farms. That Union does have bargaining rights on
some of the farms, the source sys, but the Agricultural and Allied Workers
Union also holds these rights on some of the farms.

Concerning the strike, the source says that,at that time (October 5th) of
Government's 23 farms, all except 3 were affected,

"There was no strike by any worker at Samaritan, Carriere and pownttfield,,
he said, "and it is interesting to note that, at Carriere and Poyntefield,
GMMIWU has been accorded recognition't..

At the other farms, the source said, there were varying effects but there had
been, generally, a move back to work and on October 4th, the fifth day of the
strike and the last working day of the week, the work force employed was mueh
greater than it was on the first day of the work stoppage.

"One week of a strike is too short a period to say whether it is succeeding
or not", the source said, "and the next few working days will have to be
watched for trends".
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A Press Release issued by Sir 2ric on October 5th accused Government of em-
ploying "outside strike breakers".

"Government, by its plan, is deciding to become the biggest strike breaker
by trying to introduce organized strike breaking into the dispute", he said,
"I have no doubt that the workers in the agricultural industry, those on
strike and even the few that are at work, would resent the introduction of
new strike breakers sent by Government".

A good Government would be concerned about setting up mediators with a view
to settling the dispute rather than escalate it, Sir Eric said, but "the
people in authority" have decided to introduce "a new element of chaos and
confusion which must result in civil disturbances".

In another exclusive interview with Ir''"T.ETTER on October 12th, Sir Eric
Gairy accused members of the Clergy of being antagonistic to the strike.

"Roman Catholic priest, Father Gilbert, has been very strong and aggressive
in his opposition to the strike", he said. "He says we must complete nego-
tiations before we can go on strike".

Sir Eric said he knows there should be negotiations and he is willing to
talk with the employers, but they have not been willing to negotiate with
the Union. They had discussions among themselves, he zsys, and made a
wage offer to the workers "thr-ouch the back door".

Asked if the "Father Gilbert" he referred to is Father Gilbert Coxhead of
the Dominican order, Sir Eric said the priest was named to him only as
"Father Gilbert" but, if it is Father Gilbert Coxhead, then he "'knows him
from the 1970s".

Father Gilbert Coxhead featured prominently in the Duffus Commission In-
quiry into Police brutality during the Gairy regime, Father Coxhead snve
evidence at that time relative to an incident in 1973 when members of the
New Jewel Movem(-nt were badly beaten by the "police aids".

Contacted by NEW-LETTER, Father Coxhie-d said Sir Eric had been misinformed
if he had been told that he (Coxhead) was opposed to the strike.

"It is the duty of the shoph-_rd to guide the people". he said, "I was
speaking from the pulpit on the day before the strike was called and I said
the teaching of the Catholic Church is that you may have ir:,dc Unions but
every avenue must be explore. before there is a strike".

Father Coxhead said he told his c(nrr,,.tion a strike is allowed as a last
resort to defend the workers' rights but it must never be abused for poli-
tical reasons.

;"I made no criticism of the .";il :. strike", he said, "but merely set out
the Church's te -,ching on the subject, -wh-.ther the people liked what I had

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to say or not is up to them. Sir Eric has been misinformed if he was told
I spoke against the strike and it was up to him to ask me what I said if he
wanted the truth".

Concerning the status of the strike as of October 11th, the end of the second
week of work stoppage, both Sir Eric and Government sources said there was
then a stalemate.

According to Sir Eric, there was little -hr.nge since the strike started on
September 30th, and he claimed that, as far as field workers are concerned,
GMMTWU had achieved a total work stopp:-.- on 18 of Government's 23 farms.

He was unable to give figures relative to the island's 42 privately owned
farms, but said the Union had lost no ground in this sector of the industry
since the strike began.

Sir Eric charged Government with employing strike breakers-and warned this
is a dangerous practice*

"Government is provoking civil commotion", he said. '"It is very provoking
when new people are brought in to take the jobs of people who have not given
up their jobs but are on strike".

Sir Eric- was asked to comment on a letter written by the Labour Department
to the Manager of Grenada Farms Corporation (GFC), the org-nis~ tion managing
all Government farms. That letter informs the GFC manager that, on 15th May
1984, "a poll was taken of your workers" and GMMIWU is recogni.ced "as sole
bargaining agent for those workers".

GMMIWI has taken this letter to mean the Union has recognition on all Govern-
ment farms but an informed Government source told NEWSLETTER that letter re-
fers to one farm only and it should have carried the name of the farm on
which the poll was taken

As indication that that letter did not cover all Government farms, the source
pointed out that polls were taken on subsequent dates on Government farms and
GMMIWU was advised when it had won recognition,

"If that letter was a mistake, it is their mistake not mine", Sir Eric said,
"and we accepted that letter as covering all the farms because we do have a
majority of workers in our Union on all of the Government farms. If they
feel we don't have that majority, then test it".

The President General said recognition had been given to the other Union in
the agricultural sector, the Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (AAWJ),
but the workers in AAWU are now totally with GIMIT'!'U to the extent that the
man who used to be AAWU President resi.gn-d that post and is now a G*'IU of-
ficer.

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Sir Eric said he is not pleased to see Grenada's economy harmed but the
poor shipmen-t -.f -bananas..made in the week' ending October 12th indicated
the effect "of the' strike .

i"My feedback -is bananas trickled in from the individual small farmers", he
said, "but I don't think they got as.much as 5() of what was expected if
there had been no strike".

Figures supplied by Geest. Industries Ltd., buyers of Grenada's banana crop,
show that the shipment suffered a fall of 18 from what was estimated if
the-re had been no strike.

However, a source close to Geest pointed out to 'NE'.,'LTTT'7 thet the -fall
insupply from the Government farms shows a drop of 60%. These farms nrr-
duce a small.percentage of the total crop, the s-urce said, ana that is
:why the big drop.in their suI:.ly is not reflected "in the figurPs f-r the
total shipment.

Sir Eric predicted on October 12th that the strike will escalate and said
the Solid Naste Division of the Ministry of Health will be the next section
affected. This division is classified as an "essential service", he said,
and, in keedin with the law, notice was given on October 11th that those
workers will go on strike in 14 days time.




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The Ramada Renaissance Hotel will be opened on December 9th. This wasr
announced in an interview on October 7th by Mr. !richolas Eastwick-7ield,
senior Vice-President in chi:rg: of the Caribbean branch of Ramada Inter-
national Incorporated, the United States based hotel manaTement firm.

Mr. Eastwick-Field said he is pleased with the progress made in getting
the hotel ready for the coming winter season, and his company is looking
forward to the op-:nin, date.

"Ramada is very excited to be able to announce the opening -f thr new Ram-
ada Renaissance Orcnd-i which will be one -f a very elite chain -f sFrvicp
hotels"i he said. "Located on world famous Grand Anse beach, it will of-
fer superb facilities and will be a :-re't attraction"t

The .premises of the Ramada Renaissance Grenada are owned by the Grenada
Government and were, originally, a combination of Holiday Inn and the Gre-
nada Beach Hotel. Holiday Inn closed in 1981 after a fire and the hotel
was partially repaired and reopened by the peoples R'-- 'lutionary Government
(PRG) as the Grenada Beach Hotel.


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There was further damage to the buildings during the Military Intervention
in 1983 but, following a lease to the firm of Issa Nicholas Grenada Ltd., ex-
tensive renovations and extensions are being made.

At a press Conference on October 7th, Mr. Issa Nicholas, managing Director of
Issa Nicholas Grenada Ltd., said the company is spending some USS12 to US$14
million on the renovation of the hotel, Grenada's largest, and it will be op.
-en with 192 rooms. A management contract was signed with Ramada on Sept-
ember 18th.

"The original hotel had 186 rooms of which 46 were destroyed during the Mil-
itary Intervention", he said. "We have restored these lamaFred rooms, have
added 6, and plans are to add another 100 in time for the 1986 winter season".

Mr. Eastwick-Field said rates for accommodation at the hotel will range from
US$75 to USt150 per night, and, there will be luxury suites starting from
USS250 per night.

"Ramada Renaissance Grenada will be a full service hotel with a pool, all
water sports, tennis, two restaurants and three bars", he said. "We will
offer entertainment, shopping facilities and everything you can expect from
a full service five star hotel".

Construction work on the site started on 16th .ugust last and average emplby-
ment has been 175. It is expected that, in season, the Ramada Renaissance
Grtnida will employ 200 persons.

Mr. Eastwick-Field said Ramada International Incorporated is the world's
third largest hotel company, managin, about 600 hotels in 23 countries.

The designation "Renaissance" indicates Ramada's top-of-the-line hotels.
There are now 20 Ramada Renaissance hotels worldwide and 17, including the
Ramada Renaissance Grenada, are under construction.







SaVE ,; 7TS 'T Bj RRISTERS

The team of 8 Jamaican Barristers retained by the Grenada Government to de-
fend 17 of the 19 accused in the "Maurice Bishop", murder trial, has advised
the authorities how money can be saved on -x:penses for the Defence.

A source close to the Defence told I.E'.1SLETTER that, early in September, it
was pointed out to the authorities by the Defence team that considerable
sums were being paid for accommodation for the Barristers at the Spice Island
Inn on Grand Anse Beach.

"The authorities were told that less exp.n-ive but, nevertheless, adequate
accommodation should be available", the source says.
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The current rates at Spice Island Inn are, per night, US$971 c#-115.00 and
US$131*00 for single+ double and triple occupancy These rates which
are subject to a 10%/ service charge and a 7)/o tax are for cottages on the
beach front and include breakfast and dinner.

For cottages, each with its private swimming pool, which is the accommoda-
tion given the Jamaican Barristers, the corresponIing rates are, per night,
in US$110100, USj135O00 and UI1"151.00. It is uAderstood the Barristers
had double occupancy,

When the team returned to Cren :. on 50th Sentember in time for a sitting
of the High Court fixed for October 1st, th-y moved into the Blue Horizons
Hotel, that hotel has three types of accommodation, standardd, "superior",
and "deluxe", the "standard" rate being, per night, USlj30.00 single and
US355.00 double occupancy.

Corresponding rates for "superior" and "deluxe" are, US355.00 and US160100
for "superior" and US4O.O0 and US65.O0 for "deluxe". All these rates
are subject to a 10% service charge and a Government tax of 7'N'. No food
is included.

The Barristers were given the "superior" type of accommodation with double
occupancy but they did not stay at that hotel long.

"They moved back to the Spice Island Inn after 2 days", the source says,
"Blue Horizons did not have accommodation for all of them and the security
was considered inadequate".

The team was still resident at Spice Island Inn on October 10th when they
had matters in Court. They will not be required in Court aalin until Nov-
ember 19th and they have checked out of the hotel and returned to Jamaica.
It is not known where they will be accommodated when they returns






A ster HuohtE Cynthia Hughes
12th October 1985











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