Anna Druzhinina murder: Persaud appealing sentence, Barbados Court stonewalls journalist

Originally published February 13, 2013…

Anna Druzhinina Murder

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?”

Further Reading

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

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8 responses to “Anna Druzhinina murder: Persaud appealing sentence, Barbados Court stonewalls journalist

  1. Alec

    I can’t believe that such ahort sentence would be given for such a horrendou crime

  2. just want to know

    that is what happens here in this country. Kill & you are treated with kid gloves, steal Money ( unless you are a politician or Leroy Parris ) and you get put away for a very long time. And it seem these days everything is done in secret. Right now this country id ‘ dred ‘.

  3. Cokey G.

    It is unbelievable that those two bastards hung her, watched her die and were not charged with murder. Unbelievable!

  4. Mark Fenty

    Amy,I’m in total agreement with you when you stated that there is obviously a lack of judicial transparency in the tiny island of Barbados. And this is certainly a cause for concern, because one would obviously think, that in a political system which adheres to parliamentary democracy, that this would has been evident.

  5. Amy L. Beam

    Does the US State Dept and the US Embassy in Barbados understand what transparancy means when they wrote the report on Barbados saying the govt practiced transparancy? One is not permitted to take notes or record in courts in Barbados, even public criminal proceedings. The press is gagged until after the trial is over. Then one cannot get any transcripts of the proceedings, motions, and findings. It is three months now, I am still waiting on the High Court’s registrar’s office to provide me with DPP Leacock’s recommendations for sentencing of the two murderers of Anna Druzhinina, one in 2010 and one in 2012. They got manslaughter for hanging her. So what is the definition of transparancy?

  6. Amy L Beam

    May 7, 2014, I still have not received a reply or transcripts as officially requested from the High Court’s registrar’s office.

  7. BFP

    Reblogged this on Barbados Free Press and commented:

    Zero Transparency or Accountability from Barbados courts…
    One is not permitted to take notes or record in courts in Barbados, even public criminal proceedings. The press is gagged until after the trial is over. Then one cannot get any transcripts of the proceedings, motions, and findings. I am still waiting on the High Court’s registrar’s office to provide me with DPP Leacock’s recommendations for sentencing of the two murderers of Anna Druzhinina, one in 2010 and one in 2012. They got manslaughter for hanging her. So what is the definition of transparency?
    Amy L. Beam, journalist and BFP contributor

  8. Anonymous

    They are not only”Lords”, but GODS.