The Grenada newsletter

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The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
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Twenty no. a year
completely irregular
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes 27th February, 1975
P 0 Box 65
St George's
,L I J U,


For wek 1Pnding Lst March 0


Reliable sources disclosed today that the Report of the Luffus

Commission of Inquiry will be in the hands of Grenada's Governor

General, Sir Leo DeGale,on Friday 28th February. Last

Tuesday (25th) the Secretary of the Commission, Mr Maudsley James,

left Grenada by LIAT for an undisclosed destination, but it is

understood that Mr James went to Jamaica, where together with the

Commissioners, he signed the Report and will return to Grenada

with it tomorrow (28th).

The Duffus Commission of Inquiry was appointed in December 1973 by

Dame Hilda Uynoe who was then Governor of Grenada, and the

Commission was given the following terms of reference:-

To inquire into

(1) Whether or not any incidents occurred during the .period January

1st 1973 to November 30th 1973 from whicki a finding can be made by

the Commission as to whether or not there has been any breakdown

of law and order in the State, and whether or not there has been

any infringement of constitutional rights, with particular

reference to the operation of the Police Force and the Police Aids

and the Magistracy during the aforesaid period.

(2) All the circumstances leading up to the arrest and charging of

six persons on Sunday November 18 1973.

(3) The alleged brutality by the Police and the alleged denial of

prompt medical and legal assistance to the arrested persons.

(4) The refusal by the magistrate to grant bail.

(5) The administration of justice in the State.

And, to report and make recommendations thereon.

Alis t er Hughes

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The Commission which comprised Sir Herbert Duffup, ex-Chief Justice

of Jamaica (Chairman), Mr Aubrey Fraser, Director of Legal Studies

at the University of the West Indies, and fRoman Catholic

Archbishop of Jamaica, Samuel Carter, first began public hearings

in Grenada on December 17thl973, adjourned on December 21st and

reconvened on January 3rd 1974, The Commission adjourned again

on January9th, "to a date to be fixed", and did not resume hearings

again until April 20th, finally concluding on May 16th after a

"limited public hearing" at Holiday Inn where Prime Minister Gairy

testified on oath for some 13 hours over a two day period.

During the Commission's recess which began on January 9th, certain

incidents took place (chief of which was the "Bloody Monday"

incident of January 21st), and when the Commissioners sat again

on April 20th, on the application of the New Jewel Movement, and

with the approval of the Governor General, item (1) of the terms

of reference was amended to extend the period under investigation

to January 26th 1974.

Legal appearances before the Commission were Senator Derek Knight

for the Government of Grenada, Mr Edwin Heyliger for the Committee

of 22, iiessrs Lloyd Noel, Kenrick Radix and Maurice Bishop for

the New Jewel Movement, Mr Michael Sylvester for certain interested

parties and Mr Theodore Guerra of Trinidad for Assistant

Superintendent of Police Innocent Belmar.
(467 words)


Speaking at a meeting of the House of Representatives held on

February 21st, Prime Minister Gairy said that, while his

Government and the Police might have been caught unawares some

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months ago, they were now fully prepared to take care of any type

of reaction or trouble that might arise.

Mr Gairy was, at the time supporting the passage of the Public

Order (Amendment) Act 1975 which was introduced by the Minister

of Finance, Hiir George Hosten, and taken through all its stages

and passed at the same meeting,

This Act, which rescinds the Public Order (Amendment) Act passed

last year, incorporates the provision of the 1974 Act which

prohibits the use of loudspeakers for any purpose whatsoever,

without prior permission from the Commissioner of Police.

Applications for permission must be addressed to the Commissioner

at least three days prior to the date of intended use of the

loudspeaker, and the application must state the names of the

persons who will operate it, the purpose, place and time of such

use and the text of the publication in the case of advertisements

of any sort.

The new Act, however, goes beyond control of the use of loudspeakers

and requires that any person or organisation intending to hold a

march or demonstration anywhere in Grenada, must get the approval

of the Commissioner of Police. As in the case of loudspeakers,

application for permission to hold a march or demonstration must

be addressed to the Commissioner at least three days in advance,

and the Commissioner must be told the names and addresses of the

org.rnis',, the purpose of the march, the approximate hours when

the d_,onstr;ation will begin and end, and the route it will take.

Under: the Act, the Commissioner may refuse the application or, in

his absolute discretion, prescribe such terms and conditions for

its (jrant as he may think fit, and this includes altering the

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route of the march. Anyone contravening tht provisions of this

Act may be arrested without warrant, and convictions carry a

maximum penalty of two thousand dollars or a two year jail term,

or both the fine and imprisonment6

(352 words)


Following on passage, by the House of Representatives, of the

Telecommunications Overseas (Surcharge) Act, all cables, overseas

phone calls and telex messages emanating from Grenada will now

cost lO. more.

This Bill, which was passed by a sitting of the House on February

21st was piloted by the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten,

and it makes provision that the additional charge must be

collected by Cable & Wireless (W.I) Ltd (C & W) and paid over to


Cable and Telex services in Grenada are operated by C & W while

overseas telephone calls are handled jointly by C & W and

Messrs.Grenada Telephone Co. Ltd., bills for phone calls being

collected by the Telephone Company.

There has been some speculation as to how C & W will be able to

comply with the provisions of this law, in that the Company has

no dealing with phone bills, and it is felt that the Act may

have to be amended on this point. There is concern too over

the application of the surcharge to"collect"phone calls

emanating from Grenada, and to cables and telex messages paid for

through credit cards.

Alister Hughes

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Speaking on the Bill, Prime Minister Gairy said the surcharge

will not affect the "little man" who uses 8V stamps to communicate

abroad (this rate has recently been increased to 151), but the

additional 10/o tax was designed for persons who use the telephone,

telex and cable facilities, people who could pay.

(235 words)


At about 11.45 am on Wednesday 26th, the cruise liner "Amerikanis"

lost a member of her crew overboard at a point about 30 miles west

of Grenada.

The man, Mr Ciriaco Fernandes, aged 36 and of Indian nationality

is reported to have been dumping garbage overboard when the

incident happened, but, although the ship circled the area for

some four hours, he was not seen again,

The "Amerikanis" of the Chandris America Lines,operates a

weekly cruise with some 600 passengers, commencing at Puerto Rico

and calling at Curacao, La Guira, Grenada, Guadeloupe, and

St. Thomas.
(94 words)

2h AlFebruaryr 197ughes

27th February, 1975

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