The Grenada newsletter

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The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
Publication Date:
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 15th November 1975
P 0 Box 65

Fnr Week Endinag Nvember 15th..

The hearings of the Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the
Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association were overshadowed this week
by the legal proceedings arising out of and connected with the
appointment of the Commission*

In a Government Gazette published on October 10th, the Governor
General, Sir Leo de Gale, appointed Mr H R P Dennison, a Guianese,
to be a one-man Commission of Inquiry, and his terms of reference
were given as follows :-
1. To enquire into the affairs of the Grenada Cooperative
Nutmeg Association and the Nutmeg Industry with particular
reference to the following :-
(a) the financial affairs of the Nutmeg Association
during the term of office of the Grenada Nutmeg
Board recently dissolved by Government with relation
to the period let June 1969 to 4th July 1975;

(b) the Board's Accounts over the relevant period,
looking into its spending appropriations or otherwise;
2. To report on such findings and make recommendations.

Inasmuch'i as a new Nutmeg Board is elected every year, and, as
section 1 (a) of these terms of reference refersto the Nutmeg Board
dissolved by Government on July 4th, it was not clear what was to
be investigated over "the period 1st June 1969 to 4th July 1975",
and it was probably to clear up this that new terms of reference
were given to Mr Dennison in an Extraordinary Government Gazette
published on October 24th.

The new terms of reference authorised the one-man Commissioner :-
1. To inquire into the Administration, Operations and Affairs of
the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association and the Nutmeg
Industry with particular reference to the following :-
The financial affairs of the Association as administered
by the Grenada Nutmeg Board during the period 1st June
1969 to 4th July 1975.
2. To report on such findings and make recommendations.

Allster Hughes
Page 4
In a 24 hour period commencing late on Sunday 9th, Grenada record
rainfall of 4.043 inches which resulted in island-wide damage to
roads, bridges, buildings and plantations.

Banana shipments this week have not been affected, but for the coming
week, a drop in export figures is forecast as a result of damage
caused by the heavy rains.

An assessment has been made of the total damage to the island, but
it is expected that this is considerable. No loss of life has
been reported.
( 86 words)
For the week ending November 8th, banana shipments totaled 13,230
boxes when the "Geeststar" loaded on Tuesday 4th. This shipment,
which weighed 395,881 lbs, was valued at EC$37,618.00, and there
were 118 boxes of rejected fruit. In the week ending November 15th,
there were only 55 boxes of rejects. The shipment for this week was
made on the "Geesttide", and 14,556 boxes were shipped. These
boxes weighed 429,719 lbs and were valued at EC$37,600.00
(74 words)


During the week ending November 1st, there were two cruise liner calls.
The "Amerikanis" arrived on October 29th with 351 passengers and the
"Sun Viking" on October 31st with 721. In the week ending
November 8th, the "Amerikanis" returned on the 5th with 302 passengers
while the "Cunard Adventurer" berthed on November 4th with 559.
(54 words)

AZ1ster Hughes
15th November 1975

Alister Hughes
Page 3
This withdrawal of leave took place at the hearing on Wednesday.
November 12th when Messrs Bishop, Radix and Noel indicated to the
Commissioner that their clients .were not prepared to give evidence
unless relevant documents of the Nutmeg Association were made
available to them.

Mr Dennison was not prepared to change his previous ruling that
these documents would not be made available, and he further ruled
that the three lawyers "must consider themselves as not taking
part in the Inquiry."

Another person who may not be taking part in the Inquiry is
Mr Clarence Ferguson who, on Thursday 13th, told Mr Dennison he
was prepared to give evidence if the Inquiry was being conducted
according to the "rules of natural justice." There was an
exchange of high words between Mr Ferguson and the Commissioner
during which Mr Dennison was accused of conspiracyy with the Prime
Minister" and Mr Ferguson made certain allegations against Prime
Minister (airy.

,As a result of this, Commissioner Dennison stated that the Inquiry
wee to be conducted according to his discretion concerning
adjournments, times, places etc, and he had said he was willing
to take evidence from anybody provided they were willing to give
that evidence "in a certain way." "Those who came with
counsel", he said, "and who tried to disrupt, I have withdrawn
permission given to them to bring counsel to have their case
stated." As far as Mr Fergusson was concerned, he demanded

an apology, and if this was not forthcoming, he would not have
him "to give any evidence,"

Mr Fergusson indicated that he was not willing to apologise.

Friday 14th November was a holiday in Grenada and the Commission
of Inquiry adjourned on the afternoon of Thursday 13th.
Hearings are scheduled to be resumed on Tuesday November 25th.

( 919 words)

Alister Hughes
PMe- 2.
Legal Actinns
Hearings of the Commission began on Tuesday October 28th against the

background of two legal actions filed in the High Court of Justice.
On September 29th, Mr L 0 Taylor sought a Court Declhration as to
whether the Order dissolving the elected Nutmeg Board is "valid and

enforcable". The other legal action was undertaken by the members
of the dissolved Nutmeg Board who sought a Declaration that the
Dissolution Order is null and void and that it contravenes their

rights to protection of their property as guaranteed by the Constitution.

At the end of the second week of hearings, a third legal action was
instituted. On Friday November 7th, Mr P J Archibald, Chairman

of the dissolved Board, filed a Writ in the High Court seeking, among
other things, a Declaration that Mr Dennison has demonstrated a real
likelihood of bias ...", and an injunction restraining the Commissioner
was sought.

The present status of these three legal actions is that the Suit in

which the members of the dissolved Nutmeg Board claim violation of
their Constitutional Rights was heard in open Court on Monday
November 10th. Before evidence was heard, Senator Derek Knight,

counsel for Mr Claude Morrison, Chairman of the Interim Nutmeg Board
appointed by Government, sought clarification on certain points, but

Mr Justice Archibald Nedd was satisfied that the Motion was sufficiently
explicit. The hearing was not proceeded with, however, as counsel

for the Applicants, Messrs Lloyd Noel, Maurice Bishop and Kenrick
Radix, sought and obtained an adjournment until 1st and 2nd December.

The Suit in which bias is imputed to Mr Dennison by Mr F J Archibald
was heard in Chambers on Thursday November 13th and has been
adjourned to Monday 24th November,

The Suit filed by Mr L 0 Taylor was originally set down for November

10th, but it has not been heard-nor has a new date been fixed.
In connection with the hearings before the Commissioner, several
witnesses gave evidence this week, but the highlight was Mr Dennison's

withdrawal of his leave given to barristers Messrs Lloyd Noel, Maurice

Bishop and Kenrick Radix to represent clients who had retained them as

counsel in the Inquiry.

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