Six months ago Barbados lawyer David Comissiong told the papers:
“I was able to convey good news to Mr. Garcia. Having had several discussions with Prime Minister Stuart …, I was able to inform Mr. Garcia that concrete steps were underway to have him removed from Dodds Prison, and transferred to a non-punitive facility.
“I explained to Mr Garcia that although he would not be a ‘free man’, he would be relieved of the indignity of still being confined in a prison after having served his time and paid his dues to society. He would also be relieved of a number of restrictions and privations that are an intrinsic part of the Dodds’ prison culture,”
Then Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite gave Comissiong a “Put up or shut up” challenge…
“Responding to Comissiong’s criticism about the government continuing to hold Raul Garcia in prison for two years after he finished his 17 year sentence for drug offences, Mr. Brathwaite offered to release Garcia into Comissiong’s custody and care.”
“Brathwaite informed Comissiong, who is an attorney-at-law, that if he could put him up at his residence and guarantee to him, Brathwaite, that there was where the ex-convict would remain, then he would permit his release. No final decision was taken on that issue.”
Comissiong didn’t take the bait, didn’t release Garcia. Now, six months later…
Nothing has changed and we haven’t heard from David Comissiong since February. Was Comissiong grabbing onto the cause of the day when Garcia was on a hunger strike? When Garcia ended the hunger strike was that the end of David Comissiong’s interest?
Was it all about the publicity for Comissiong? Just the latest high-profile case? We notice that Comissiong represents many causes at the outset but then says nothing as they fade into obscurity.
Hey… David… do you really give a damn about Raul Garcia?
photo of Mr. Comissiong courtesy of Caribbean360.com, doctored by Shona (thanks darlin’ !)