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…
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.”