Chief Justice, Former Barbados High Commissioner And Others Threatened Witnesses – But Government and Police Did Nothing
University of the West Indies professor John Knox was told by former Barbados High Commissioner Peter Simmons that if he persisted in being a witness in a lawsuit he would lose his job teaching. Knox continued as a witness and was indeed fired from his position at the University of the West Indies.
If that isn’t threatening a witness and a perversion of justice, I don’t know what is.
Prior to that threat, during a meeting between Chief Justice David Simmons, his brother Peter Simmons and environmental consultant Stuart Heaslet, Chief Justice Simmons threatened that if a land fraud case against him in a Canadian court was not dropped, he would ruin the chances for a Graeme Hall National Park.
Oh, bye the way: Stuart Heaslet is a witness in that Canadian trial.
Then of course we have the ongoing death threats against another few witnesses in the Kingland land fraud trial which the Royal Barbados Police Force have refused to investigate – primarily because the death threats were made from a computer used by Member of Parliament Dr. Duguid.
Why Is All This Talk Of Threatening Witnesses Relevant Today?
Glad you asked. The Attorney General of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, made a big speech the other day about how Barbados is very concerned about witnesses being threatened by “thugs”. Mr. Stuart said he hadn’t heard of any cases in Barbados, but the authorities are watching for it.
Really, Mr. Stuart? You haven’t heard of any such cases? Really?
Perhaps you should contact your Commissioner of Police and ask him why he and his officers did nothing when death threats were made against witnesses in the Kingsland case. Or perhaps AG Stuart should read the court documents that show that John Knox was fired for being a witness and that the Chief Justice threatened to use his political connections to kill the Graeme Hall National Park unless charges against him are dropped.
Then again, when Attorney General Stuart made his speech, one of the people at the head table was Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – the same Charles Leacock who had corrupt police officers collect some back rent for him from a tenant named Ronja Juman.
Although it seems difficult to imagine that this happened in Barbados, officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force used a forged search warrant to raid Ronja Juman’s home in the middle of the night, dragged her off to the police station and performed a vaginal search on Ms. Juman. All over back rent.
They didn’t charge her right away. The idea was to terrorise Juman and her family to get that back rent payment. For the same reason, the corrupt police officers visited her son’s school just to sent Ms. Juman a little message.
Those were Barbados Police thugs working “on the side” to collect back rent for the landlord: Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock.
Attorney General Stuart would be well advised to remove the log from his own eye before he worries too much about the rest of the island.
December 3, 2008: Barbados Advocate – New Laws Coming
December 3, 2008: Nation – Government To Look At Witness Safety
November 5, 2007: We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal (Ronja Juman reference included)