Barbados continues to illegally imprison Raul Garcia

Unless the rule of law means nothing in this country, Raul Garcia should be immediately freed under the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.

That’s the law and a 2009 Supreme Court judgment backs it up.

Instead of obeying the law though, we have the sad spectacle of the Prime Minister of Barbados lying to the public and the unjustly imprisoned man – telling Garcia 186 days ago that he would soon be transferred from the Dodds Prison punishment facility.

PM Stuart lied to Mr. Garcia and he lied to Bajans.

The government and our Prime Minister continue to ignore Mr. Garcia’s frustrated lawyer, Attorney David Comissiong, who is forced to relay messages to the government through the newspapers.

This isn’t just about Raul Garcia: it’s about Rule of Law, and the fact that successive Barbados governments just do whatever they want to – the law be damned.

There are enough examples of that in our history. Garcia is just the latest.

Readers are asked to visit the Nation website to read Garcia Option, but we have to print the entire story here because of the Nation’s habit of deleting news stories to suit various agendas…

Garcia option

THE ATTORNEY for Cuban Raul Garcia has recommended to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that the stateless prisoner be allowed to stay with Bajans who have volunteered to take him in, rather than house him on taxpayer dollars.

David Comissiong revealed to the WEEKEND NATION that he was waiting to hear whether Stuart would accept that option or stick with the initial plan to hold Garcia at a Barbados Defence Force-controlled facility.

“Acting on behalf of Mr Garcia and his family, we were able to secure a location that will be a very suitable place for Mr Garcia to be housed, pending his eventual deportation from Barbados,” the human rights activist said yesterday, although declining to identify the site or the individuals.

“It is a location that is private and that would therefore not involve the Barbados Government in any expense whatsoever. It is also a location that is away from the population centres and that would be a very secure location. So we have ventilated all of this with the relevant governmental authorities and they have carried out their own enquiries. So all of that ground work has been laid and we are now simply awaiting final word from the Prime Minister, who is also Minister responsible for Immigration.”

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15 responses to “Barbados continues to illegally imprison Raul Garcia

  1. wstraughn

    Hello BFP

    I’m not with you on this one at all… It’s not our fault he’s stateless but he’s not welcomed in this country just because he is. He got caught trying to sell death… we have enough home grown talent on the streets doing that job already, so those positions are already filled , sorry. So while he’s served his 15 years, there’s a new situation in play , which in a nut shell says he has no right to be here. That’s our right to determine who can stay and who cannot. Just like USA , Cuba and every other place on Earth. That is no lie, now is it? Anyone who feels different is welcome to take him today, once you have a country for him… ( I’ve heard that lots of places have islands for sale to maybe the many the Garcia lovers can put some cash where their mouths are and put together and buy him one) OR, he can apply to Ecuador for asylum.. hmm, that might be a way out for us.. announce we’re going to hang him… I’ve always respected Singapore in this regard… he’s a lucky bastard.. he’d have been fighting a different battle if he’d been caught the right place peddling death…

  2. wstraughn

    btw, what happened to Garcia’s promise ? he said he’d go on hunger strike until dead…and that was since January 2012… Either he has the answers to world food issues or we can’t trust that fellow I say…

  3. Name doesn't matter

    @wstraughn

    It is not our fault that Garcia is stateless, but nonetheless we signed the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons that is the law in Barbados and internationally about how we are supposed to handle this exact case. If we don’t intend to obey that law, then we should formally refute it rather than ignore it, don’t you think?

    We have a right to determine who stays in Barbados and who does not, but where no country will accept Garcia then we have to obey the law and the law says we cannot keep him in a common prison that is a punitive facility.

    As to why he broke his death fast, it was in the papers and covered extensively at the time: the Prime Minister promised he would release him from prison so Garcia relented.

    Garcia didn’t realize that the Prime Minister was lying to him to defuse the situation just before a trip to New York City. The situation really says much more about Freundel Stuart than about Raul Garcia.

    By the way, Garcia was not convicted of drug offences, not that the technical details of the law or the law itself mean anything to you.

    One final point: if the government of Barbados can ignore the law and screw over Garcia, why shouldn’t they do the same to anyone yourself included over any other law that is inconvenient?

  4. wstraughn

    Not so fast… Does it really apply to him? I personally am quite comfortable in considering any attempt to profit from Illegal drugs a crime against humanity… just look at Mexico today. Also, why was he in jail for 15 years? Are you saying he was wrongfully imprisoned? If you can show me he’s innocent of wrong doing in regard to illegal drugs, I’ll sign the petition today for him to be allowed to stay here! You sound like a lawyer… On your final point: I understand what you’re saying… however you need to choose a better fight… Bajans pay taxes and vote (for what it’s worth..), so that’s why Governments can’t ‘screw us over’ forever… They would like too of course, but unlike Garcia, we put them there and our taxes pay them..

    No one can really be stateless unless they were born in a country which no longer exists… law or no law , it’s just common sense, so don’t try to get CUBA off the hook. He is their responsibility not ours… I’m not sure if Cuba has a diplomatic presence here, but that’s where he should to be sent and not allowed to leave… and if they don’t want him, then they can pack.

  5. what will they think of next.

    I am glad BFP finally found the common sense to stop pinning this nonsense at the top.

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  7. countryview

    Hello BFP I’m with Straughan and what will in that “I’m not with you on this one at all…” Mainly because you are a bunch of hypocrites…here you are warbling on about Garcia and yet you continue to moderate my comments like a bunch of fascists, albeit you have not had me shot. I rebutted your reason for moderation and since then you have ignored my further comments to cease your moderation. BFP appears to be “Free” according to your ever changing definition. STOP MODERATING MY COMMENTS or enter into online dialogue with me to show the public your reasons for my (and others) moderation. Or stay chickenshit.

  8. robert ross

    The straughnisms here are so stale. There are some who will never be moved by argument or truth, rooted as they are in prejudice and ignorance. It really isn’t worth bothering with them.

    BFP

    Carry on posting and reminding like the gadfly…..lest we forget.

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

    We Will get back to law, When DLP and BLP are both out of Office ,
    VOTE any one but them crooks

  10. West Side Davie

    I see that BFP put up a sidebar notice about Raul Garcia and it stays at the top all the time.

    Good for BFP! That is a big difference between the mainstream news media and BFP: the Nation and all let stories drop when they become old and the government won’t do anything. BFP keeps hammering away until the government does something. Too bad the mainstream media isn’t more like BFP with their tenacity and dedication to justice.

  11. D Dawg

    BFP sux big wieners from where I sit.

  12. Exit Stage Left

    This is such a non-issue.
    Arrange for his death/suicide/euthanasia
    and get this nonsense OVER WITH!

    Someone take him SCUBAdiving, fer god’s sake.

  13. Jay

    Lol,So what are you guys gonna do ? Grant him status after attempting to bring in drugs? I can see every individual within Caricom doing this now give up their citizenship then try bringing in Drugs just to gain status would set a great precedent of how easy Bajans really are.

    I think diplomatic efforts should be made to places that would be willing to take him.I can however guarantee that the US will definitely not take him back so diplomatic efforts on that front simply will not work.

  14. Ché Baján

    I have yet to see the sense of those who just don’t get it. When prohibition said alcohol was illegal people were locked up for selling it. Now we have 1,000’s of brands of alcohol to choose how to drink and then drive with. And hundreds of rum shops in this island (and still no breathalyzer). Yet bajans want to condem a man who, might I remind you, served his time. So for those who wish him to die, or think he deserves to sit in jail I query where are your thoughts on the politicians who openly rape this island with lie after lie, hidden agenda and personal innuendo. Or do you think what they do is “legitimate rape?”

  15. wstraughn

    @Jay

    nope… with anyone else it would be easy. we’d lock them up and then send them back to their Caricom country of origin… it’s only Cuba that is causing the problem here… If i had my way, I wouldn’t let another Cuban citizen into this island…