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The Grenada newsletter
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St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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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
P 0 Box 65 / P

For the week ending 5th ebruarv 1977
Charges of forgery laid against US citizens Eugene Ze alias John
Clancy, Karl Korte and Nancy Mueller by the then Attorney General of
Grenada, Mr Desmond Christian, were withdrawn on Mr Christian's

This information -was disclosed to NEWSLETTER yesterday (4th) by

Mr Ernest John, Grenada's present Attorney General, who was
Magistrate in the Grenville Magistrates Court when the charges
were laid against these persons.

"These charges were not proceeded with by the Police", said Mr John,
"they were withdrawn at the request of the then Director of Public
Prosecutions and Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian."

Last March, Attorney General Christian recommended to Prime Minister
Gairy and the Grenada Cabinet that wealthy American, John Clancy,
resident in Grenada should be investigated with a view to instituting
fraud charges and having him deported.

Clancy, a race-horse trainer, known in the United States ae ERgene
Zeek and wanted on indictment by the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) on a charge of fraud, took up residence in

Grenada in 1974 and opened a night club and other businesses. With
him and wanted by the FBI for Questioning are Karl Korte, Clanoy's
jockey (now married to one of Prime minister Gairy's secretaries)
and Nancy Mueller.
A reliable source disclosed that Cabinet refused to act against these
Americans unless a certified document was received from the FBI
stating they had been convicted of fraud, and Attorney General
Christian was instructed to drop the matter.

In spite of this, however, Mr Christian laid oh' gea against Zeek,
Korte and Mueller that they "on Sunday June 23rd 1974, at Pearls
Airport ..... did issue a forged document, to wit, an immigration
card, knowing it to be forged and with intent to defraud ..... "

These cases first came up for hearing before Magistrate Ernest

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THiE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week ending 5.2.77
Page 2
John on March 25th 1976 but were postponed because the ProouitiLn

Police Sargeant's file was "incomplete" and the defendants lawyer
should not get to Court because he "had a flat tyre". Coming
again before Magistrate John on April 30th, the cases were postponed
once more because, May let being a holiday, April 30th was a
Market Day and, located next to the Market, the Court was being
disturbed by noise.

Hearing was then fixed for May 19th, but, other events intervened.

On May 7th, eight days after the postponement, Governor General
Sir Leo deGale suspended Attorney General Christian from exercising
the functions of his office and a Tribunal was appointed to
investigate charges made against him by Prime Minister Gairy.

One of these charges was that Mr Christian had deceived Cabinet
by informing Cabinet that he had seen a warrant for Clancy's
arrest in the US, and another charge was that he had acted
contrary to Cabinet's instructions in the Clancy case.

In mid-August, the Tribunal cleared Mr Christian of all charges,
but, prior to this, returning from Trinidad with a tennis team,

Mr Christian was denied entry to Grenada, was forcibly put back
on the plane and has not returned to the island since.

Concerning the cases against Clancy, Korte and Mueller, Mr Ernest
John, who has now replaced Mr Desmond Christian as Attorney
General and Director of Public Prosecution, said, "When these
cases came before me as Magistrate, the Police Prosecutor informed
me that the then Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian, had

directed the Police not to proceed with the charges and I had
no alternative but to throw them out."
(505 words)


Effective January 15th, the price of gasoline in Grenada has
risen to EC42.35 per imperial gallon, marking a 570 per gallon
rise over the past 12 months. Effective on the same day,
kerosene increased to EC#2.03 and deisel oil to EG02.20, both

being per imperial gallon.

Alister Hughes

On January 8th 1976, gasoline went up from EC41.78 to M4$1.97, and
on the 26th of the same month, by a further 110 to Ew#2.08.
Another increase came on June 1st when the price went to EC02.29
and, on January 15th, 60 was added to make the current price B0$2.35
per imperial gallon.

Gasoline is distributed in Grenada by Shell, Taxaco and Esso (the
first two mentioned operating through agents and the last through
its own offices), and it is understood that these distributors have
applied to Government for a further increase which may become
effective shortly.

In the case of kerosene oil, there was an increase on June let
1976 from EC$1.79 to EC#1.91 per imperial gallon and, on 15th of
January, there was a further rise to EC$2.03.

On October 18th last, diesel oil increased to E0C2.20 per imperial
gallon and, on 15th January this was raised by a further 60 to

It is reported that there is considerable dissatisfaction among
operators of service stations in Grenada over returns allowed them
by the Government of Grenada. These returns are 160 on a
gallon of gas and 140 on a gallon of kerosene oil which the service
stations consider inadequate. In a letter dated July 21st 1976

addressed to Government and understood to be signed by all service
station operators in Grenada, a request was made for a 106 mnwk-up
on the cost of gasoline and kerosene to service stations, which cost
are now EC$2.13 and EC#1.89 for gasoline and kerosene respectively.
NEWSLETTER was advised that Government has not replied to this letter.

The following table shows increases in fuel oils over the past year:-
Gasoline Kerosene Diesel Oil
Date of Ex Service Ex Service Ex Service
Increase Dist'b'tr .M1g i iast'.b'tr Station Diet'b'tr Sitation
January 8th $1.81 #1.97
26th 1.92 2.08
June lst 2.13 2.29 $1.77 61.91
Octoberl8th $2.04i $2.20
Januaryl5th 1.89 2.03 2.lqO 2.26
20th 2.19 2.35

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With reference to gasolene, prices effective prior to the increase

on January 8th 1976 were EC$1.66 ex distributor and EC41.78 ex

service station. The price of kerosene ex service station prior

to the increase on June est 1976 was E6tl,79.
(351 words excluding table)


Following complaints made by three of its affiliates, the Grenada

rade Union Council (TUC) has written to the Grenada public Service

Commission (PSC) bringing to its notice "certain developments which

threaten the 'security of employment' of workers in the public


The letter (dated January 27th and sent to the Chief Personnel

Officer of PSC on January 30th) said that the Grenada Union of

Teachers, the Technical & Allied Workers Union and the Civil
Service Association have indicated that employees in the public

service "have been sent on enforced leave, others have been

transferred and others have even been dismissed." TUC said

all these are seen as acts of victimization.

Citing specific cases, the TUC letter said a Food Chemist had been

transferred from the Tanteen Laboratory to the Ministry of

Agriculture as a Consultant, a post which, TUC says, does not

exist in the 1976 Estimates. this Food Chemist, the letter

said, has been awarded an Australian scholarship ad "although

he has left the State in pursuance of the scholarafl, it has

been brought to our notice that efforts have been made to

cancel his studies."

The letter refers also to an employee of Radio Grenada with a

University of the West, Indies diploma in Mass Media who was

first sent on forced leave and then transferred to the Customs.

Another employee of Radio Grenada, a technician, has been posted

to the Ministry of Agriculture where, the letter says, "he sits

doing practically nothing."

Among other cases mentioned is another anployee of Radio Grenada

who "after being at home for nearly a year, was transferred from
Radio Grenada to the Ministry of Agriculture ....." continued )

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"'he evidence as presented seems to support the complaints of the

Unions", said the letter. "The TUC is therefore urging the PaC,
whom public employees regard as their protector as far as their
terms of employment are concerned, to pursue the path of justice

and to right the wrongs complained about."

On January 31st, NEWSLETTER contacted the Acting Chairman of PSC,
Mr Claude Morrison and asked for his comments. Mr Morrison
declined to comment and said it would be improper for him to
disclose whether the Commission had received a letter from TUC.

(363 wards)


In a document submitted to the Grenada Shipping Agents Association
(GSAA), the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union states that,
over the period 1971 to 1976, the buying power of the dollar of the
worker has diminished by 60.2 cents.

This document, presented to GSAA in a preliminary meeting last
December, is the basis of claims made for wage increases in a new
wage agreement to be drawn up, and GSAA and SWWU met subsequently
on January 27th for discussions. .o, (r a40 I.,'( A^dAW.
According to the Union's documents a survey/made of the weekly
buying habits of housewives in over 25 localities in Grenada and,
setting out price itf eases in 30 items which the Union considers
to be the most common items consumed by the average working class
family in the island, the document says "the evidence suggests that
prices have increased 11 times since early 1971 ...."

Among items mentioned are flour which is shown rising from 190
to 490 per pound, split-peas from 320 to 800 per pound, corned
beef from $1.10 to $2.40 per tin, laundry soap from 160 to 360,
a man's shirt from $5.50 to $12.95 and ladies' shoes from $6.50
to $20.00 per pair. (all figures in Esat Caribbean currency)

Referring to six wage increases received between 1971 and 1976,

the swWU document says, "the evidence indicates that, despite these
increases, the real dollar value of the worker's present wage in

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1976 is less than it was in 1970.

SWWU and GSAA are scheduled to meet again for discussions on
February 10th.
(256 words)

A press release issued today (5th) by the New Jewel Movement (NJM)
states that the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mairie Bishop, and
two other NJM Members of Parliament, Mr Unison Whiteman and Mr Bernarx
Coard held recent discussions in Jamaica with prime Minister Manley.

The visit to Jamaica was on the invitation of the Workers Liberation
League of Jamaica and the release says the NJM Parliamentarians
publicisedd certain dangerous developments in Grenada and sought
support in the campaign to isolate the Gairy regime."

Talks were held also with the Jamaican Council of Human Rights and,
visiting Barbados also, talks were held with Government Ministers,
organizations and students.

The release says the three NJM Members of Parliament "are on a
Caribbean-wide tour to tell the people of the growth in Grenada
of underworld and Mafia-type operations and of Geiry's strengthening
of his ties with the Pascist regimes of South Korea and Chile."
(149 words)

On February 1st, the S 8 "Geeattide" sailed with 20,703 boxes of
bananas weighing 625,990 lba and valued at Ec043,819.00. There
were 930 boxes of rejected fruit.
(24 words)


During the week ending January 29th, the following cruise liners
called at Grenada :-
January 23rd Vistafjord 682 passengers
23rd Atlas 425 do.
24th Pairsea 877 do.
25th Stella Oceania 271 do. /. /
26th Amaerikanis 526 do. 0, /
26th Mermoz 387 do. n /
28th Angelina Lauro 438 do. '
29th San Viking 689 do.

Alister Hughes 5th February 977

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