Will Canadian Professor Hans G Machel Be Arrested Upon His Return To Barbados?

Outspoken Critic Of Greenland Dump Site Professor Machel Said This About…

Ricardo Marshall "Stupid, Incompetent, Unqualified"

Ricardo Marshall "Stupid, Incompetent, Unqualified"

Ricardo Marshall: “Stupid”, “Callous”, “(Doesn’t care) about the welfare of Barbadians”, “Ignorant”, “Incompetent”, “Unqualified”,

Liz Thompson: “Notorious Liar”, “Misleading the Public”, “No Integrity”, “Should have Resigned”,”Immoral”, “Unethical”, “Coward”, “Totally Untrustworthy”

Jerome Walcott: “Misleading the Public”

Leslie Barker: “Not Impartial”, “statements about the Greenland site are tainted by partisan (read: BLP) politics.”, “Professional Envy”

Marshall, Thompson and Walcott: “If I had it my way, these people would lose their jobs tomorrow and would never again be allowed to work in or for Government. These people do not work for the benefit of the people.”

If Greenland Proponents Do Not Charge Professor Machel With Criminal Libel or Obtain a Public Apology and Settlement, They Will Be The Laughing-Stock Of Barbados

In 2006 and 2007, University of Alberta Professor Hans G Machel published three major articles at Barbados Free Press dealing with his engineering and environmental objections to the Barbados Greenland Dump. In these articles, Professor Machel used language and terms against four proponents of the dump which surely violate the criminal libel laws of Barbados.

Don’t forget friends – Barbados is a country where newspapers and radio stations cower in fear of the libel laws and regularly pay out tens of thousands of dollars for the smallest mistake. As an example, in October of 2007 Voice of Barbados radio paid off Tourism Minister Noel Lynch to the tune of $60,000 when Lynch ran out of the studio after being asked on air to comment about his personal wealth and Integrity Legislation. (BFP Noel Lynch story link here)

So when Professor Machel in Barbados called out named people as being “stupid”, “incompetent”, “unqualified”, “a notorious liar”, “immoral”, “unethical”, “coward”, “totally untrustworthy”, “(full of) professional envy” and all the rest, it is serious business under Barbados law. I don’t know how things are in Canada, but in Barbados Machel could actually be arrested for such public statements.

As a matter of fact, IF Professor Machel is NOT charged with criminal libel when he can easily be found in Barbados at his speaking engagement on Wednesday night, the Barbados public will find that very noteworthy. IF Solid Waste Manager Ricardo Marshall, former Environment Minister Liz Thompson, former Health Minister Jerome Walcott and former Chief Geologist Leslie Barker DO NOT file charges against Professor Machel or obtain a public apology and settlement, they will be seen as the laughing-stock of Barbados.

Outsiders like Machel probably have no idea of the cultural importance of such a public slap in the face in Barbados.

Charges Against Professor Machel Would Cause An International Incident, And A Second Look At InterAmerican Development Bank Financing

"I agree with Machel. I am a notoreous liar, unethical, cowardly..."

"I agree with Machel. I am a notoreous liar, unethical, cowardly..."

But all is not so simple! If Professor Machel is charged with libel, the eyes of the world will turn towards Barbados. Folks in Washington, Zurich and London might start to look closer at what Barbados did with the tens of millions of dollars from the InterAmerican Development Bank that was supposed to be used to develop the Greenland Dump. Where is did all the money go? Who knows!

Nope, the BLP and the DLP have a bit of a dilemma on their hands. They can’t afford to have Professor Machel charged with his public statements, yet his words are so against Barbados culture and law that the failure to charge or obtain a public apology and cash settlement from Machel is political and career suicide. Outsiders just don’t understand how these laws are used to keep the people quiet in Barbados and how seriously these public insults are taken.

Hey Liz & Ricardo… Here Is The Evidence Against Machel And Where You Can Find Him In Barbados!

Here is the article written by Professor Machel where you can find all the evidence you need and the story links to the other two articles he wrote at BFP. Professor Machel is an honourable man and will surely admit to being the author. We’ll even send you copies of his original emails if you ask!

BFP January 17, 2007 – Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados – Professor Machel Names The Liars, Thieves & Incompetents

Jerome Walcott says "Machel is correct. I misled the public and did not work for the benefit of the people."

Jerome Walcott says "Machel is correct. I misled the public. I did not work for the benefit of the people."

Professor Machel will be lecturing in Barbados on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7pm at Solidarity House – where the Barbados Museum & Historical Society is sponsoring his talk on the Caves of Barbados – Dangers Underground (link to more info on his lecture). As a matter of fact, Professor Machel will be talking about the about the Codrington family who died when their home fell into a collapsed cave on Sunday, August 26, 2007.

And seeing as how there has never been an inquest into the deaths of a whole family, and there probably never will be an inquest held, Professor Machel’s talk will be the only discussion and presentation to date where the public can hear what an expert has to say about what happened to the Codringtons and whether it could happen again.

Who knows what nasty things Professor Machel will say about BLP Barbados government this time!

So Liz, Ricardo, Jerome and Leslie, whatcha gonna do? You LAUGHING STOCKS OF BARBADOS.

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20 responses to “Will Canadian Professor Hans G Machel Be Arrested Upon His Return To Barbados?

  1. Mutual Admiration Society

    ROTFLMBAO!!!! 🙂

    Liz Thompson painted into the proverbial corner!

  2. That is NOT Ricardo Marshall, oh dear…

  3. BFP

    Wrong button, Ian. Fixed. Thanks!

  4. Can you be arrested for libel? I do not think it is a criminal offense, but a civil one. I think you would be sued, not arrested.

  5. Adrian Hinds

    Interesting observation, but i don’t think anything will come of it.
    1: There is a difference between a libel threat, and suing someone for defamation, which is the only course of action under Barbados Law

    2: Defamation only occurs when the truth cannot be substantiated. This presents a great risk, to any of the assumed defendents, in particular the politico’s.

    3: To file a Law suite base on comments made on BFP would give a legitimacy to the blogs that many of the elites in Barbados have sworn not to let occur.

    4: A complainant does not have to wait until a potential defendant in a future law suite is in Jurisdiction. However to send a strong message the complainants Lawyer can stage the delivery of the writ to occur during the speech for maximum affect. Think about the times that Thompy got served during an election campaign meeting night while delivering a speech.

  6. Hants

    BFP

    “I don’t know how things are in Canada, but in Barbados Machel could actually be arrested for such public statements.”

    Juris we need you to comment on the above because I don’t believe you can be arrested and charged for calling people names.

    Note that in Canada he would be sued for libel.
    What Machel said is “apparently “libellous not criminal.

  7. Liability

    Barbados has a Criminal Liability Act which the last government was not reluctant to threaten with. Why do you think everybody pays up?

  8. Liability

    Sorry… Criminal Libel Act

  9. LimeAway

    “IF Solid Waste Manager Ricardo Marshall, former Environment Minister Liz Thompson, former Health Minister Jerome Walcott and former Chief Geologist Leslie Barker DO NOT file charges against Professor Machel or obtain a public apology and settlement, they will be seen as the laughing-stock of Barbados.”

    That is one serious stretch, BFP where did you buy all of that elastic from?
    In any event, for two of those mentioned, being seen as the laughing-stock would be better than what they are currently seen as by many bajans.

  10. reality check

    nice big red flag BFP that you just waived in front of the Bull(ies).

    Politicians and bureaucrats don’t like it when they can’t control the message but between the concept of free speech and the fact that Machel was speaking the truth, it would be very stupid for any of these individuals to try and do anything. Then again Machel did call some of them stupid.

    I trust Professor Machel will have some heavy weights to usher him around.

  11. Juris

    Hants, Liability, the Criminal Libel Act was repealed by the Defamation Act 1996, twelve years ago. Even though criminal libel still exists in Barbados, there are defences to it (comment being one) and contrary to BFP’s assertion it is not an arrestable offence.

  12. Juris

    Don’t bother to moderate my comment, BFP. Just don’t publish it.

  13. Hants

    @ Juris

    Sometimes it is not “BFP” that moderates the comment but “wordpress” may have detected a word or phrase that cause them to hold your comment.

    BFP wha happen ?

  14. Red Lake Lassie

    No way that anyone will take Prof Machel to task for what he said because everything he said is the truth.

    No way that Barbados or any of these people like Elizabeth Thompson want a close examination of the Greenland folly.

    My prediction is that Prof. Machel will not be touched and that proves everything he said is true.

  15. MANJAK

    Had not previously read Prof. Hans Machel trenchantly argued and damming dismissal of the incompetents, and tenth raters that we Bajans have had the cruel misfortune to be saddled with, Liz Thompson, Jerome Walcott, Leslie Barker, Ricardo Marshall.
    It reinforces the horror story of the past fourteen years of the venal, corrupt, money grubbing slime bag regime of Liz Thompson/Owen Arthur/Billie Miller that decent Bajans had mistakenly trekked out to the polls and given their vote to for the past three elections before January last. A naive belief that the democratic practice of making an x on a ballot paper provides decent administration, openness, honesty and tranparent governance must seem like so much bitter ashes in the mouths of many Bajans today.
    As for the one year old virginal David Thompson government it very early begun to exhibit all the mores of a ten cent Nelson Street whore. Mininimal change, of style maybe, but of no significant substance. Broken promises, a lack of will to investigate and jail the bag carriers and wrongdoers of the past government. We appear to have a Prime Minister behaving increasingly like a little black yard boy for CLICO plc and by inference will go on bended knees to bow and scrape and brown nose corporate Barbados. It makes for an unedifying sight and shames us all.
    In contrast to our dimwitted and do nothing Prime Minister and his intellectually shallow cabinet we have increasingly seen a small number of white Bajans making a stand and are prepared to do battle on behalf of our heritage and future generations. Be it the obscenity and horrendous waste at Greenland, making sense of our tourism industry or the caretaking of our fragile environment. Here one speaks of Richard Goddard, Lowdown Hoad, and Adrian Loveridge (adopted). Respect is very much due to them.
    A friend of makes a cruel but to me an increasingly
    true observation about Bajan politicians, ” they are like cow shit, slow to rise in the sun but is very offensive”
    As for Professor Hans Machel it is going to be rather interesting to see the reception accorded him at Solidarity House. Bajans should be rather privileged to have such a comrade in arms.

  16. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    A person can only refer to another person in deregotary terms if theey have proven the incompentence and inability of that individual relative to something specific. In this case, the professor has enough justification to imply that the persons so mentioned exhibited behaviour that contravene proper discretion and character. And behaviour that was out of sync and out of touch with sound reasoning. Hahaha sounds to me like the BLP

  17. Tell me Why

    I will be at the lecture tonight at Solidarity House. How about you bloggers who writes about the environment and ain’t got nuh facts about de subject. Ah lookin’ fuh wunna. Yuh hear!!!!!!

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  19. John Brecknock

    Cudos to the Barbados Free Press for having the courage to print controversial opinion and thought. I have known Richard GODDARD for over 50 years and know him to be an honorable and thoroughly fearless man with the best interests of Barbados at heart. He is a true son and patriot of Barbados. You can all be proud of him as I am to be his friend.

    Sgt. John D. BRECKNOCK (Rtd.)
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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