Originally published February 13, 2013…
Censorship and a Travesty of Justice
By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D
As of today, I have waited over one month for the chief registrar in the court’s registrar’s office to provide me with the written statements of DPP Leacock in the sentencing recommendations for McCollin (2010) and Persaud (2012). In common parlance, this is known as stone-walling. Silence does not mean I’m finished with this issue.
Also, I was told at the court house that Persaud is appealing his sentencing.
So Barbados is a country with complete judicial secrecy. In the courtroom I was not allowed to have paper, pen, or recording devices. Now I have been refused ALL documents relating to both of the convicted men.
“The case is over, the verdicts and sentencing have been rendered, yet the documents are being kept secret. Does Barbados seal documents after a murder or manslaughter trial? Is the international community taking note?”
BFP articles by Amy L. Beam
January 2, 2013 Barbados murder of Russian teen Anna Druzhinina: Censorship and Travesty of Justice
January 3, 2013 The Anna Druzhinina murder – Part 2: “Leave her. That’s one less for us to deal with.”
January 9, 2013 The Anna Druzhinina Murder: Hanged by the neck until dead, body set on fire. “It’s not murder” says the DPP