Attorney General challenges David Comissiong: You don’t really care about Raul Garcia

Adriel Brathwaite - Attorney General

“Just sign for the prisoner here, Mr. Comissiong”

In the language of poker Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite just told David Comissiong and the Peoples Empowerment Party to “Put up or shut up.”

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.

The only condition is that lawyer David Comissiong must take Raul Garcia into his home, guarantee Garcia’s behaviour and that he will not leave the home until the matter is settled… which could take years at the current rate of non-progress.

Aside from the political grandstanding by both Brathwaite and Comissiong, the Attorney General has a point about the practical considerations of the Raul Garcia situation: What do we do with him? Garcia’s son Frank has said that there are Bajans who are willing to sign for his father and take him into their homes. How serious are these offers?

Barbados will release Raul Garcia to David Comissiong’s care – if Comissiong agrees

President of the Peoples Empowerment Party, David Comissiong held informal discussions with Brathwaite in Parliament Buildings yard this afternoon, pleading for the release from prison of Garcia.

“He should not be in prison,” Comissiong told the minister.

But 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.

From Barbados Today story Not ’bout here!

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42 responses to “Attorney General challenges David Comissiong: You don’t really care about Raul Garcia

  1. FRAUD cost us all more when you cover up and pay off with money PM/Sink

    Adriel Brathwaite – Attorney General . What do the AG of and in Barbados really do ? He have a case there NOW , looking in to the Massive Fraud of the Plantations Deeds from Violet Beckles from her Aunt Beatrice Henry . Violet Beckles gave the Plantations DEEDs to be Assent in 1986 After Probate to Sir Richard L .Cheltenham , Will written By another Sir Sleepy Smith, Another Sir Richard L .Cheltenham ,, this so called Sir , QC took the deeds and went in the business with another Sir Williams aka COW ,, There is big gap in the deeds of Barbados records that is held in trust for the Nation History records.This Include the National Trust and some of it Agents aka Lawyers.. If this AG will reply to this Truth that will be nice of his office or any others out there that know the truth ,, As for the EX Drug dealer , let me know if Any one can sign for this man that did his time ,,, And i Will be there In the Morning to sign for him ,, he can stay by be until he is ready to leave ,, no time limit. alex.alex99@gmail,com

  2. Rick G.

    Mr. Attorney General Brathwaite, Time to step up to the plate!!!!!!! Someone called you out? Let’s see yourself get out of this one!

  3. Hasinto Remeres

    Alex you will feed and look after his every need, even his burial expenses or then you would be looking to the government for help, I was renting to a Cuban who knows this man and they know every trick in the book, think twice before you put you John Hancock on paper.
    They deport Barbadian from all over the world, why can’t the US or Columbia take him they do not have to set him free, they have Facilities to house him.
    As for Cuba, it is time that they change there stupid laws and take back they own people he cannot contribute anything to Barbados but he would be a burden.

  4. DimplesJ

    What about the other Cuban prisoners that were sent back and Cuba sent them back here, could someone answer that question for me.

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  6. robert ross

    What does the People’s Empowerment Party actually DO? And is there any reason for the A-G to take Mr Comissiong seriously? I write, of course, as a Garcia supporter and on the principle ‘any news is good news’ I am glad he spoke – at last. Now what of the Bishop of Barbados? Isn’t it time he got up off HIS ass?

  7. Mary

    @DimplesJ: Last I heard he was back in jail because he was caught working illegally…Don’t know if it’s true or not. but I guess the man had to eat and the “St. Michael family” that took him in could not support him anymore…

    Pages on FB, letters and more letters to news agencies bashing Barbados, bleeding hearts all over the place but no one single offer to be responsible for the man…I wonder why??? I

  8. arrogance

    Its quite sad to see the usual government arrogance but its especially galling from someone who couldn’t spell the word ” starvation”.

    I wonder if any of these overfed politicians have the nerve to attend a church except , of course, at election time.

  9. start

    Where is the church in the RAUL GARCIA matter?
    Why haven’t we heard from them?

  10. just want to know

    I am not a DLP supporter, but I agree with the attorney general a hundred & fifty percent, if Mr. Comissiong want this man to be released let him adopt him into his care & lot after all his need even his hospital and burial expenses. All these bleeding heart people that don’t even want to look after their own people, but want Government to look after a criminal on the our side of prison. BAJANS you are PATHETIC.

  11. Passerby

    I will start off by saying this, that if you carefully read the other articles, then you would see that this man has served his sentence and is now being held against his rights in a maximum security prison.

    definition of, State Prison-
    “a prison maintained by a state for the confinement of felons.”

    According to this definition which can be found in your local Barbadian or worldly dictionary clearly states that its a place to hold those who have committed a crime against the laws of the government, or felons.

    what if the person has served his time, not only that but served it on good behavior? should he be convicted and restrained because he has no country?

    some other articles have explained the successes of this man in jail. He became a painter and has won many awards in the island and outside of the island of Barbados. Concluding, that this man is representing this undeveloped third world country more than half of the people of its own island.

    It sickens me to see such a government’s magnitude of incompetence to actually not know what to do in such matter. He doesn’t deserve prison, he already served his burden. He deserves to be anywhere else that is not prison.

    lastly, this matter angers me and it is why I ask the government, What cerial box did you guys get your positions to lead this country? They forgot to test for incompetence.

  12. yatinkiteasy

    The AG does not have the balls to take a position on this case , or make a decision..he will bring the case to Parliament. What BS!

  13. La Bouche

    @ Passerby…..quite….. the mentality of neanderthal man. Ditto some of the comments here, It’s all been rehearsed previously here and ditto Barbados Underground. The A-G? The intellectual nonce of a strangled pygmy.

    @ Start and Arrogance….. the church? Sleepingly. Nothing to be found there even in regularity…… Christian love? There was more, I suspect, in Buchenwald.

  14. FRAUD cost us all more when you cover up and pay off with money PM/Sink

    The man has been here for a long time in jail , Give him a Barbados passport with a different and send him back ,The Barbados Govt is great at Fraud so get to work. Ask the AG and Sir Richard L .Cheltenham who the land where the Jail is BUILT, belongS to ,, Ask i know it to be Violet Beckles Land AND Also WHERE THE HIGH COURT IS BUILT / WHITEPARK ROAD ,, You ALL NEED TO GET THIS,, AS VIOLET BECKLES SAID ALL THE TIME , DONT VOTE FOR NONE OF THESE BITCHES,,

  15. bajejun

    Am I missing something here.. the attorney general is getting flap for following the law whilst Cuba who refuses to take back its own citizen gets a free pass. Whilst I understand and sympathize with his predicament, show me where Barbados is at fault here. The Attorney General did not create this situation, Mr. Garcia came here with criminal intent, he should know if caught what would be the result. what are we to do now with cuban criminals, lock them up for a time and then make them honorary Bajans afterwards.

  16. mason

    the guy left cuba illegally long time ago. y dont they take him back and give him another 15 years in cuban prison for fleeing. cuban prison would feel like a vacation compared to dodds

  17. Rick G.

    @mason Read, then write! I won’t even try to explain to you. READ :http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-738950?ref=feeds/latest He never did anything illegal until the 80’s. All the man want’s is to have the liberty that he earned. Not even on the streets, just not locked up in a cell as if he was still serving for the crime he committed 18 years ago. He does not want to be a hero either. He wants to give to those who need the guidance that he did not have, for he was on both ends of the stick. While he is there he could pay his stay with AAD and help council those who seek the help. The man has a good heart, he does not do thing to be a hero, he does them cause he realy cares. I met quite a few people from Barbados who know him….. Ask around and you will find out what kind of person he is. READ…READ…READ!!!

  18. robert ross

    BAJEJUN

    FOR CHRIST’S SAKE FELLA HE IS A CRIMINAL NO LONGER. DONT YOU GET IT YET? HE IS FREE BUT STILL A PRISONER TWO YEARS ON.

    GEE – THE MENTALITY OF YOU PEOPLE – NEANDERTHAL

  19. robert ross

    BRAVO Seth ‘the sign man’ Stuart…see The Nation, Feb 7

    The ‘little fella’, the ‘nobody’, the ‘joker’ DID something…while WE just skin our teeth. Now that’s how homo sapiens contribute to this tiny dot of coral – by doing not just jawing to ourselves – and it was the way of the ‘pale Galilean’ wasn’t it?

  20. Passerby

    @bajejun your idiocracy, lack of knowledge and profound ignorance stuns me. Its your type of STUPIDITY that creates governments like Cuba’s. Listen to all those ignorant comments lacking knowledge like Mr. Bajejun’s hopeless comment. When a man earns his freedom he gets back the rights that he lost at the start of his sentence. Therefore he cannot be sent back into prison because he EARNED his freedom. Any other place that is NOT prison is ok, and that’s what Garcia wants. Nothing more certainly nothing less.

    @ La Bouche you sound idiotic and stupid. I cant even understand your slang or grammar. Neanderthal??? its called civilized society and reasoning. Didn’t think Neanderthal had that. If you cant contribute a concise comment to this argument then please remain quite and don’t ridicule yourselves.

    @mason, Rick G said it all. plan before you write (English 112).

    please people contribute a well put together comment that will contribute to this conversation not an aimless stupidity.

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  22. robert ross

    @ passerby

    LOL…….La Bouche was not saying YOU were Neanderthal!!!! The writer was AGREEING with you; hence “quite”…”I agree”. My reading of the piece is that the writer was saying that the kind of comments we have both criticised ARE uncivilised in your sense and so also the ‘reported’ comment of the A-G. Mind, which ever view the writer took, you really cannot say it was other than “concise”. @ La Bouche – am I right?

  23. Mary

    If so many people is so sure that Mr. Garcia is such a good man, has a good heart, an amazing artist, is rehabilitated, paid for his mistakes, has a right to his freedom, it doesn’t matter where he comes from it is the Barbados Government the one responsible for him no his country,Cuba, he went from drug dealer to Saint Raul,etc,etc,etc.. ….However, being that Barbados has no where to put him but at Dodds, I am still waiting for “that” caring person(s) to offer to take Mr. Garcia into his/her home, make him part of his/her family and support him (I’m sure his family from Miami will help) until the UN decides what to do with him… From the hundreds of comments in all the different blogs, newspapers, FB, etc… Nothing!!! Not even close to an offer…I’ll keep waiting!

  24. robert ross

    @ Mary

    Actually there was someone on BU who made such an offer. But the point is that there are other governmental strategies that might be employed to deal with this while Raul is waiting for this government to honour its international obligations in relation to persons rendered stateless and this leaving aside the protection Raul has under our Constitution. They have all been canvassed on the earlier blog here and also on BU.

  25. robert ross

    @ Mary

    and Mary…I think the jibe about “drug dealer to saint” is cheap. Sorry.

  26. La Bouche

    @ Robert Ross
    Your interpretation is correct.

    @ Passerby
    Sorry you misunderstood.

  27. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Man the man do his friggin time. Thus to be kept at glen’s diary or opps mistake I meant to say Dodge now for committing no offence is grounds for some good lawyers to sue the crap out of government. I tell ya now if I was he I would be making plans or getting my family to pool their resources and hire some good UK lawyers who are not on the bribes list. And I tell ya I would come after the Barbados government with guns blazing. The darn man did his time and if people think releasing him into society would be an opportunity for him to return to his drug pushing ways there are ways and means of monitoring his every movement. But the again that might be violation of his rights. Opps wait what rights, poor fella ain’t got no rights when he still trying to get out of Dodge. This story is bare shite because if he is Columbian return his ass to Columbia. What is the problem of him returning to his place of birth. The American authorities do not hestitate to send discharge criminals back to their place of birth with speed. So do the same to him why the heck should be a problem to Barbados but then again this is Barbados. Chuuuuuuuuuuuupse…

  28. FLIPPY

    YOU TALKING BARE BULLSHIT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON SHUT TO F… UP.AND FURTHER MORE LEARN TO SPELL.

  29. FLIPPY

    SUNSHINE THE MAN IS FROM CUBA NOT COLUMBIA AND IT’S DODDS NOT DODGE. IDIOT GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT SUNSHINE RIGHT THE SPELLING POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU FOR COMMITTING A SERIOUS SPELLING OFFENSE.ONE MONTH AT DODDS WITH GARCIA

  30. Newbie

    At the end of the day what would any of us care about the politics of the situation if we were in his position.
    The man deserves to be free and if he were to be stupid enough to get involved with criminal activity again then he would simply get locked up again as would happen to any one of us.

    FREE RAUL GARCIA!!!!

  31. TEKYRA

    LOL FLIPPY EASE UP ON SUNSHINE I LOVE YOU

  32. TEKYRA

    IT IS NOT THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO RELEASE HIM,BUT ARE WE GOING JUST LET HIM OUT ON THE STREETS?HE IS AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AND PUTTING HIM ON THE STREETS IS BREAKING ANOTHER LAW.SO IF EVERY COUNTRY STARTS TO REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE PRISONER THAT IS HERE IN OUR JAIL,SHOULD WE JUST LET THEM GO INTO OUR SOCIETY.SEEMS AS IF WE ARE GOING BE THE DUMPING GROUND FOR UNWANTED FELONS.

  33. FLIPPY

    TO COMISSIONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MADE YOU A DAMN GOOD OFFER.SO STEP UP AND ACCEPT WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR.ITS ALL YOURS FOR THE TAKING.

  34. Mary

    @RR: it’s not cheap, It’s a reality, It’s my opinion and I’m entitle to it. Sorry!

    I will always see him as a drug dealer the same way our love ones will always be drug-addicts regardless of how long they have been out of rehab. I know!

  35. Mary

    By the way…is ColOmbia…not Columbia

  36. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 UP TODAY A ND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,

    Lets not worry about the spelling. Spell Free and let the man out. If it goes on to long this man in jail will expose all them for their true nature.Put them in office base on the lies they tell and now they think them GODS to all . Time is short for each of them and i can feel them moving and not sleeping well no matter the smiles and suits they wear .CHURCH, most are jokes looking for money every chance they get and no returns to the people , church do not forgive only God for gives,the Devil must be their GOD or gods. put there tents on land they dont own not pay rent for . free press need bumper stickers for cars so that more people will check out the site . Need another tv station to give us real news, Govt run and own the one you all have, , more mind control..Agree or not and think for self what is fair right and just. if you dont know law use ccccommcommcommon sense .

  37. just want to know

    So Barbados is to be the dumping ground for all the drug mules that are convicted, do their time in our country, being keep by our tax-payers money. When their jail time has been served and their countries do not want them anymore,released into our society to do more illegal activities, as if we do not have enough for our police to do, with our own criminals, just add more foreign investments.

  38. robert ross

    Oh brave new world…a world of one-eyed, bigoted, hard-nosed inflexibles with bowels of flint. and a mentality to match…prejudice, hypocrasy, squinting through life to the grave. And this little dot of coral is, yeah, CREATION.

    @ Passerby…cum on – you’re sleeping. Stop smarting and have your two-cents worth with me.

  39. Hal Austin

    Garcia should be returned to the last port of call before Barbados, or his port of embarkation. In fact, what the US and other white-majority developed countries are doing is that if someone has right of residence but not citizenship, and they are convicted for serious offences, they are deporting them.Small jurisdictions must stand up to this judicial bullying. Send Garcia ‘home’ – he must have been born somewhere. And if there are people who do not like it, then they could join him.
    The attorney general must move, and fast, to get rid of him. He is costing Barbadian taxpayers money.
    Hal Austin

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  41. Anonymous

    This Is The Worst Decision Made In Barbados Alongside Making The Next Biggest Criminal In Barbados None Other Than that miscreant Dale Marshall Q.C And former Attorney General In This Country. When Will The Chief Justice Deal With All The Dirt On Dale Marshall Which Fills The Supreme Court In Barbados or have they all been lost/misplaced by accident as is accustomed. Let us know. No Justice For Us Black Bajans. Talking about being forced to remain bare footed and pregnant and without our property which rightfully belongs to us from our foreparents and the lots we think we since purchased through the developers in this country. Or the lots and houses we lost if you were in a relationship previously with an Ex-Combermerian?
    Has the said former Attorney General Dale Marshall owned that child of his who is now approximately 14 years of age and mothered by a then Young Attorney from the Attorney Generals’ Office during his then term of Office. is he still physically and mentally abusing this said attorney when she tries to convince him that he should let the child know that he is the rightful father. Young Woman stand up and face the truth. Both of you!!!! Let the truth be told to your daughter. The time is now.