Raul Garcia free after being jailed illegally for three years

Raul garcia free Barbados

After serving a 20 year jail sentence for drug trafficking, and then being held illegally for almost three years by a Barbados Government that refused to obey a Supreme Court ruling, Raul Garcia walked free yesterday.

Barbados Free Press published over 20 articles about Garcia in the past year alone. The U.S. State Department issued a Human Rights Report criticising Barbados for continuing to illegally hold Garcia. The Barbados Bar Association took up his cause.

And still the government continued to hold Garcia against the order of the Supreme Court.

We celebrate today with Raul Garcia, and you know that the Bajan news media will focus on the joy of his release until public interest fades. There will be a few stories later on to say how Garcia is making out… but Bajans should continue to think about how our government ignored the Rule of Law. That is the big story here because it happens so frequently on this little rock that those in power develop an attitude that they are above the law. That’s the real story of Raul Garcia.

Garcia a free man
by Emmanuel Joseph

High Court judge approves Garcia’s release to rural family

Tonight, for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, Raul Garcia will sleep in a bed that is not owned by the state.

His 20 years of jail time for drug trafficking and more than three years of immigration detention, pending his deportation, came to an end just after 3 p.m. today, when the Cuban national, with hands raised, walked out of the Supreme Court, unescorted for the first time in seven months of hearings.

Garcia emerged from the Number 9 High Court Chambers with a broad smile, never before seen since proceedings began in front of Justice Margaret Reifer, hugging members of the Prison Ministries who had been supporting him in his quest to be freed from detention.

After spending “a few minutes” immediately outside the doors of the courtroom with his team of lawyers, the family with whom he will live and Prison Ministry officials, an emotional and visibly overwhelmed Garcia, spoke briefly with reporters on the steps of the judicial complex.

Struggling to fight back the tears, the Cuba-born man’s voice was heard in public for the first time since his “incarceration” for the past 23 years…

Thanks to Barbados Today for the photo. You can read Barbados Today’s full story here.

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28 responses to “Raul Garcia free after being jailed illegally for three years

  1. Erica Broughton

    Fantatic news!

  2. Yatinkiteasy

    I salute attorney David Commissong for his tireless efforts on behalf of Mr Garcia , even though he faced many obstacles and unfounded criticism from some sections of the legal and public community. The man has balls!

  3. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    Aug 23rd Queen Violet Beckles , Oct 23rd PM David Thompson , years 23 years Raul Garcia.
    Very Happy Raul Garcia , 27 years for Violet Beckles and still counting ,
    Raul Garcia need to be made whole for the 3 years over held.

  4. just want to know

    Did he ever let the authorities know for who or whom he was transporting the drugs for? The man is a criminal, not even his birth country want him, but hurray!! Barbados will keep him. Look at how many young lives are being destroyed here and in the caribbean with drugs!!!!

  5. Responder

    What precedent we have set. Let a non- national commit a crime and because his country does not want him anymore, lets keep him. How many more are we going to keep. Plain and simple, we don’t have the balls to protect our borders. We could have put his ass on a flight to Cuba, but no we got to be only C’bean country that have the best open arm, kill the population with illegal immigrants and alien policy the world have ever seen.

  6. Nora

    If Raul Garcia must be made whole, what about Bajan nation Earl Victor who Charles Leacock has been holding in custody for almost five years without a trail and due process of law? The fabricated murder charge has been dropped against Mr. Mr. Victor, But Leacock and Magistrate Randall Worrall would not release the man on bail unless his poor mother comes up with $75,000 cash and land and property. One would think after serving 5 years at Dood Prison without trial, with the only current charge of procession of stolen property Mr. Victor would be home with his family. Does any one know what the pentalty is for Handling Stolen Property is in Barbados..

  7. Carson C. Cadogan

    He ought to be In Cuba, or the Cuban Embassy in Barbados should be housing him.

  8. Carson C. Cadogan

    I cant imagine why this Seven days Adventist couple could not find it in their heart to house one of the myriads of homeless Bajans living on the various streets of this country.

  9. Yatinkiteasy

    Bunch of hypocrital Christians here today.

  10. hallelujah!

    for all those bright lights who fought to bring basic against human rights and the Rule of Law to Barbados!

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=nKrkEOlyJo8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DnKrkEOlyJo8

  11. robert ross

    @ Yatin

    You got that right. Hurrah for the human race.

    Well done BFP.

  12. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    Nora@ ALL NEED TO BE MADE WHOLE , WHERE EVER WRONG IS DONE. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN THE WRONG DOERS , HIS TIME WAS UP AND HE SEEM TO LEAN HIS LESSONS,
    NOW ITS THE CROOKED LAWYERS AND MINISTERS TO SPEND SOME TIME IN JAIL , LETS SEE IF THEY WILL LEARN THEIR LESSONS

  13. ha

    He got caught once, wonder how many successful trips of smuggling drugs to our shores were completed?

  14. Carson C. Cadogan

    As a result of this foolishness, the Cuban Embassy in Barbados ought to be closed down.

    The Cuban presence in Barbados is just useless.

  15. John

    Finally, the government of Barbados has found its conscience.

  16. John

    I am quite happy that we have been able to revisit a topic is of great concern to the people of Barbados. For sometime now we have dealt with a topic that is of no concern to the people of Barbados; with by all intents and purposes has consumed this blog for months on end.
    And from this juncture, I hope we can; still, move onward with topics that peaks the interest of the Barbadian people. No impertinence intended, but I think that we can do better than we have done in the past couples of months. My hope is that we get back to the topics that invite logic debate, and not the one-sided mundane exchange of rhetoric.

  17. Looking to attend ensuing Press Conference, meanwhile, Raul Garcia may have accommodations but he needs to earn a living – I hope he has an exhibition soon with his excellent art and Senor Garcia also needs to start putting his travails to ink or tablet so as to create his own job, since many Barbadians will never give an ex-inmate the time of day workwise.

  18. LOOK

    @ Just Want to Know

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Samantha Cummings, Mark Cummings, Sir Richard Chetnam and Charles O. Williams are also criminals that stole from an old woman, Violet Beckles, took something that didn’t belong to them. All should be persecuted and convicted.

  19. St George's Dragon

    @ John
    “Finally, the government of Barbados has found its conscience.”
    No it hasn’t. It lost the court case and was told it had to allow Garcia to live here.
    @ Ian Bourne
    “Garcia may have accommodation but he needs to earn a living.”
    I agree. The problem is that under the terms of the court ruling he is not allowed to work. I suspect that producing and selling art would count as work.

  20. Yatinkiteasy

    I understand that RG is not to seek employment or be ‘employed”. Surely he can paint and sell his work! If not. Why not?

  21. Bakadolly

    Human rights? what about the rights of those thousands of little humans being provided with illegal drugs by the likes of Raul Garcia? Garcia represents the chain of scoundrels that introduces drugs to many a young person and ruins many lives. Who is concerned with their human rights? Who is protecting the innocent unsuspecting youngsters lured into drug use and trafficking by the likes of Garcia? He needs to work? so do the hundreds of young people who have resorted to stealing from friends and family to feed the habit that the likes of Garcia gave to them. No, I have no love for Garcia. The suggestion that the Government of Barbados is not obeying the law is absolutely worthy of debate but should not be confused with this Garcia issue! It is Garcia who broke the law here. He only served time because he was caught, he has not revealed his connections so he has not repented.

  22. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    just want to know@well i want to know if you know , How many people died because of his drug dealing that is still going on , After 23 years of being held he paid and over paid the price, The drug dealing is bigger than before but we cant seem to catch anymore people.
    Wounder why?

  23. just want to know

    LOOK please don’t forget David Thompson, the best P. M. Barbados ever had, and the present Government .

  24. Benteo

    What alternatives are there left for Mr. Garcia, if under the court agreement he is not allowed to work in Barbados? And he is certainly, unable to return to United States and Cuba based on his prior history. The question is: how is Mr. Garcia going to support himself given these limited Alternatives?

  25. Bakadolly

    Maybe Mr. Garcia does not need to work. Maybe he will live on the capital and interest that accumulated on his ill-gotten estate over the 20 years of incarceration. After all, no one knows who his colleagues in crime were so they may be the ones to support him. Unless of course, the family in St John has such deep pockets that they can adopt a grown man!

  26. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    Benteo@ Garcia can WORK but he can get a JOB,

  27. Anonymous

    Raul Garcia could not have been held illegally for three years. He is stateless! Even though he was recently allowed to enter society there are still conditions in place to monitor him. He became a prohibited immigrant on completion of his jail term. nuff said on that.

  28. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    Anonymous@ 3 years held , 3 years probation , We will have to see how long the probation is. Stateless never , where ever we are born is our state, he was not born in open sea , Just because some one is not locked up does not mean a crime was not committed HINT BLP /DLP and lawyers , We all await Justice , If they were to die now , I would still lock them up till time to be buried .

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