Judge orders illegal prisoner Raul Garcia to be brought before Barbados court

Illegally held for two and a half years by Prime Minister Feundel Stuart

“The legal counsel noted, too, that if the court found Garcia to in fact, be a stateless person, he would also be constitutionally entitled to choose his place of residence in Barbados, to be able to move freely about the island and to leave Barbados for any country, when he so desired.”

After more than two and a half years in detention, Cuba-born drug convict Raul Thomas Garcia will finally get his day in court.

This afternoon, the Barbados Supreme Court ordered that a writ of habeas corpus be issued, commanding the minister responsible for Immigration and the Chief Immigration Officer to present Garcia in court on Wednesday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m., to justify why they continue to detain him, despite the fact he has served his 20 year jail sentence for the drug trafficking crime.

Madam Justice Margaret Reifer made the ruling in the Number 6 Court, after hearing an application for the writ, submitted by the ex-convict’s lead attorney-at-law, David Comissiong, who headed a four-member team that included Leslie Haynes, Paula Jemmott and Ajamu Boardi…

… continue reading this article at Barbados Today: Bring him!

Further Reading

January 24, 2012: Barbados prisoner Raúl García vows hunger strike until death

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18 responses to “Judge orders illegal prisoner Raul Garcia to be brought before Barbados court

  1. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2012 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    About Dammm Time,
    DLP might be looking for votes ,NOT

  2. robert ross

    Getting nearer

  3. RLL

    Why is it that the govvernment of Barbados always has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do the right thing? Even when the courts make orders the government will not obey! (Think BARACK)

  4. theone

    why isn’t it the government of Cuba that is being held accountable or being carried to court?

  5. rastaman

    @theone.Agreed

  6. Annette Baker

    I am hoping that a precedent will not be set that we will regret later. If there be others like Garcia in Barbados at some other time, what will we do? I say, put Cuba’s government in Court. A man deserves the right to be welcomed in his homeland at any time.

  7. 254

    I say bring him before the Judge and flush him down the nearest toilet right after so Justice may be seen to be done. Oh, and throw that wrinkled turd Robert Ross down behind him…they can hold hands all the way down to turdland.

  8. caribeye

    Immediately after the Judge finds that he is free to choose his place of abode- as a stateless person is entitled to- she should order the Immigration Dept to deposit him in the Cuba Embassy yard. If the Cubans protest ask them why they want to join CARICOM for if this is how they cooperate with a CARICOM neighbor after the mess that their “laws” created! Why does Barbados have to change our laws or concede to countries like Cuba that have opressive “laws” that degrade universal human rights? If Raul went back to Cuba he would most likely be detained or imprisoned in other words, for “deserting” Vuba with his parents at 4 years old! He may even be executed for causing “embarrassment” to the State. You think these “Freedom regimes” easy?

  9. St George's Dragon

    Barbados prides itself on being a Christian society. What does the bible say should be done:
    “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.”
    “Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. … ”
    “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
    Too many people are talking nonsense about leaving him in the Cuban Embassy etc. Let the man out. Forgive him.

  10. millertheanunnaki

    @ St George’s Dragon October 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Only goes to show the amount of hypocritical bitches in Bim calling themselves Christian in a so-called highly educated society with tens of schools and hundreds of churches.
    The time has come to close the schools and burn the churches to the ground since both institutions serve no purpose in advancing the cause of civilization in this neck of the backward barbaric woods.

  11. runner

    @ Caribeye…. speaking of eyes; and how many Bajans got the benefit of eye care in Cuba.. try over 300 !!and you talk about laws and government because of 1 man.. what a joke.. Bajans are too full of themselves

  12. bizkit

    has he exposed his drug contacts in barbados yet? free him let he get the piece of change dem prolly got holding for him for keeping he mout shut for 20 yrs do.

  13. Anon - reasons unknown

    I believe in “God” but don’t believe in the written word, written by man.

    So, St. Georges Dragon, I’m half smirking at what you write, having been educated in Catholic schools for 15 years or so, but you picked one of my favourite parables that distinguishes mankind. We should try to help and forgive since we have a conscience.

    But how many people has this man killed, how many people’s lives has he ruined, and how many people are still suffering because of the greedy path he chose to tread?

    I agree it is not right to lock him up without trial, only “God” can punish him, but is he really sorry for what he has done? Or is he just sorry for himself now? Is he going to help uncover the dirty trail of destruction he was part of? Or is he merely trying to live the rest of his days on the beautiful island of Barbados, where he can forget about all the horror he caused?

  14. robert ross

    Anonymous

    Not an original thought. Now answer the question about the BA President’s remarks in the Nation. Or were you composing?

  15. robert ross

    Miller

    I agree with you 100% about the churches. One priest and one priest only spoke out for him in the press – and it wasn’t Charles Morris.

    @ St George

    Did you know that before the Samaritan set out on the Jericho road he beat his wife?

    @ Anon

    He’s had 20 years and more to think about it all already. What more do you want? The drug ‘importation’ caused no harm to anyone here. Garcia was arrested before the drugs were shipped on. “Beautiful Island”? H’mm well – depends what you’re looking at and why.

  16. robert ross

    I note that Anonymous has now become 254. This is BFP’s doing.

    @ BFP

    What nonsense are you playing at?

  17. 222

    Raul is an established artist. Has sold over 150 paintings since 2004. Not only did he master oil painting in his late 40s while incarcerated he mentored other inmates and taught them art.
    HEre’s a paragraph from his mission statement.

    After his experience in the drug world and several sentences and prisons later, Coronell at 56 years old is committed to sending a very serious message to people, especially young people about the destruction of the drug world. Also, a message to those involved in Drug Trade and Trafficking about the serious consequences for the seller and the buyers. His pain includes the lost of a son, the lost of his most productive years and his freedom. This project AAD will provide funds and guidance to prevent persons from entering into the Drug Trade and help those already in it to get out.

    Link to mission statement:
    http://coronellart.blogspot.com/p/mission.html

    Link to art:
    http://coronellart.blogspot.com/

  18. 222

    Art Against Drugs (AAD)

    AAD was founded by Raul ‘Coronell’ Garcia in 2010 after his release from a 20 year sentence for Drug Importation, Trafficking and Possession. May 7th 2001, brought a major change in Coronell’s life – the death of his eldest son by way of methadone (meth) and cocaine overdose. For More Info on Coronell Story click Coronell Profile and be sure to look out for his upcoming book; “The Sunset”.

    After his experience in the drug world and several sentences and prisons later, Coronell at 56 years old is committed to sending a very serious message to people, especially young people about the destruction of the drug world. Also, a message to those involved in Drug Trade and Trafficking about the serious consequences for the seller and the buyers. His pain includes the lost of a son, the lost of his most productive years and his freedom. This project AAD will provide funds and guidance to prevent persons from entering into the Drug Trade and help those already in it to get out.

    Two years ago, in 2008, while attending a Rehabilitation Programme Coronell met a Part Time Counselor, Corey Lane, Founder of Nature Fun Ranch. Coronell sensed the genuine intention of the group and has therefore decided to commit to assisting this group which will work with hundreds of young persons to empower them to stay away from drugs and other social ills using an everyday way of life program. From prison, Coronell has acted as an advisor to the project in Mentorship and Resource Mobilization and here starts a further partnership of assistance.

    Project AAD will be a joint project between Coronell’s Art and Nature Fun Ranch (Registered Charity 779). Coronell’s Art will be selling Coronell’s Paintings and Prints via its website HYPERLINK “http://www.cornellart.com” http://www.Coronellart.com and 10% of all sales will go to NFR to assist in their prevention programmes against drugs and also to link with groups doing similar things around the world. Art Against Drug, Get Involved!!!!

    http://coronellart.blogspot.com/p/mission.html