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Witness fails to appear in court – accused set free, absent witness faces no penalty…. Welcome to Barbados!

Nothing to do with this case... just an illustration of reality when the police make witnesses' names known!

Nothing to do with this case… just an illustration of reality when the police make witnesses’ names known!

Intimidating a witness is standard operating procedure in Barbados.

Five years for a marijuana case to come to trial in Barbados!!!

The Court should have issued a warrant for the arrest of the witness and dug into the “why” behind the witness failing to show. This happens time and time again and undermines everything from the police to the court.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick dismissed a 2010 case in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, after a police witness who was supposed to testify was absent from court.

Hezron Joseph Williams, who was previously charged with possession, trafficking and intent to supply marijuana in October 2010, was therefore free to go.

Williams, 27, resides at Hutson Alley, Reed Street, The City.

When the case came up for hearing in the morning, Station Sergeant Neville Watson said he expected the witness to be at court by midday.

When it was called again in the afternoon and the prosecutor was questioned by the Magistrate, he said he still had not heard from the witness.

Magistrate Frederick determined that “unless he (the witness) has a reasonable excuse or some type of emergency, the case would have to be viewed differently”.

He therefore dismissed the matter.

Disgusting!

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“Problem” Judge David Myers now Barbados lawyer

Trinidad still cleaning up the mess, but was it all David Myers’ fault?

Lawsuit launched over 10 year wait for justice

Lawyers typically waited years for Judge Myers’ decisions

For a moment we thought we were in Barbados when we read the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday article Judge in Barbados.

We’ve covered many stories of the pathetic state of our Barbados courts where land disputes can take twenty years to work their way through court. (Yes, we said TWENTY YEARS.)

Not to despair though, because Barbados Judges can push a child rape case through the courts in as little as seven or ten years. (Yes, we said TEN YEARS for a child rape case to reach trial.)

Was Judge Myers a failure, a victim of an unreasonable workload… or both? . Continue reading

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Another child rapist goes free in Barbados – Ho hum, what’s on the tely?

“If our “Justice System” cannot bring a child rapist to trial in ten years, what right does our “Justice System” even have to exist? We have a sham of a ‘justice’ system.”

… from our July 2, 2008 article Child Rape Haven Barbados – 12-Year-Old Girl Raped Ten Years Ago, No Trial For Ten Years

Where is the outrage? Where is the accountability for the incompetent prosecutors and managers of our Justice system?

If you think you’ve read about this story before, you haven’t: this is a new story about yet another child rapist released by the Barbados courts because after the accused was charged there was no trial for ten years. Continue reading

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The I’Akobi Conspiracies: A Mother’s Perspective – Official Screening Sunday April 11, 2010

I'Akobi Tacuma Maloney

The I’Akobi Conspiracies: A Mother’s Perspective-Official Screening

From: justice@icarbarbados.org

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113330962026351

Date:     Sunday, April 11, 2010
Time:     6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue:   BWU Solidarity House (Behind the Globe Cinema)
Street:   Lower Hindsbury Road
City:      Bridgetown, Barbados

On June 17th 2008, I’Akobi Maloney, a young man with a remarkable character, lost his life after coming in contact with the Royal Barbados Police Force. The police alleged that I’Akobi without provocation jumped off a cliff to his death at Land Lock, an area north of Barbados. The family of I’Akobi was given several versions of what actually took place on the cliff and the Coroner has announced her verdict.

Now You Decide!!!

The documentary will also be available for purchase. A donation of between $25 and $50 will secure you your own copy of what Coroner Faith Marshall-Harris termed “Black History”.

Further Reading

BFP – April 22, 2009 I’Akobi Maloney Inquest Verdict On Friday, April 24, 2009 – Coroner’s Court, Bridgetown Barbados

AfriKa CRY BLOOD

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When A Prime Minister Of Barbados Sued A Canadian For Libel – And Lost

Abused Foreign Investor Embarrassed The Barbadian Government By Telling The Truth

Back in November, 2008 we told you about how the Government of Barbados ignored the Barbados courts and illegally sent in the army to seize the assets of Nitin Amersey, a Canadian investor who had entered a joint venture in cotton with the Barbados Government. The story was precipitated by an article at Keltruth Blog revealing that Keltruth had acquired thousands of previously secret documents about that dark time in our history. (Anytime the Rule of Law is ignored by our Government is a dark time – but when they send the army in contrary to a judge’s order that is definitely third-world banana republic time.)

Now Keltruth Blog reveals more documents that tell the tale of how a Barbados Prime Minister sued Nitin Amersey for libel in the same case and LOST!

That, my friends, is a piece of Barbados history that you simply won’t be reading in the Barbados (cough, cough) “News” media.

Further Reading

Keltruth Blog: Former Barbados PM Sued For Libel – and Lost!

BFP: Secret Documents Show How The Barbados Government Used The Military To Destroy A Canadian Investor

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Barbados Court Attempts To Have Closed Bail Hearings For Arrested Journalists

Barbados Media Fraternity Show Solidarity At Court

Barbados Media Fraternity Show Solidarity With Arrested Journalists

Power Of Numbers Prevails As Barbados Court Opens To The Public

On Monday, a Barbados judge changed an earlier decision to have a closed bail hearing for the two freelance journalists arrested last Saturday when they tried to take photographs of a police officer charged with dealing in cocaine. (See Nation stories: Journalists Show Support & Media Close Ranks)

Despite the fact that only “some” family and media colleagues were allowed into the court, this was a stunning victory by the dozens of local news media people who showed up to support freelancers Cherie Pitt and Jimmy Gittens. It just shows what can happen when a few determined people challenge the system and say “This is wrong.”

Barbados Courts Often Operate In Secret, Closed Hearings

It may surprise our foreign readership to learn that here on Barbados, people are often brought before the closed courts where what happens is kept from the public. Judges on this island will order their court closed on the flimsiest of excuses so charges can be processed, dropped or negotiated to resolutions that would disturb the citizens if they only knew.

Transcripts of proceddings are seldom available even to lawyers – let alone to the media or public. Many “hearings” happen in the judges’ chambers where deals are sometimes made to “quietly let things fade away.”

The Barbados news media has often been part of such coverups and it is not uncommon for stories to just drop off the news media radar at the same time that deals are done in closed courts. Nothing is ever said again and the media remains quiet.

But the news media were not willing to let that happen on Monday with two of their own being dragged before a “closed to the public” court. They pushed, used their numbers and their power and the judge soon decided that the “public interest” required an open process in an open court.

We Have Two Messages For Members of the “Professional” Barbados Media

1. Congratulations on pressuring the judge to have an open process in an open court.

2. Why hasn’t the media made an issue of closed court hearings before? Why only when two of your own are before the court? Has the “professional” Barbados journalism community now decided that this abuse by judges in closing public courts should be addressed in the public interest? Will we see such professional interest the next time a Barbados judge closes a courtroom to the media and the public?

Or, is it as we suspect – that the fight to have an open and transparent Barbados justice system is only a media cause when journalists are before the courts?

The “professional” Barbados media has much to atone for with the Bajan public.

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Witness Intimidation In Barbados: Was Mercedes Van At Home By Accident – Or For A Sinister Reason?

Similar Van Was At Witness Home

Similar Van Was At Witness Home (photo from Wikipedia - not the actual van)

For Barbados and for our children, this threatening of court witnesses must stop. This firing of court witnesses must stop. This harassment of court witnesses must stop.

If the police will not stop it, then we must turn to the court of world opinion. Barbados Free Press will do everything it can to ensure that each of our three million visitors a year learn how Bajan citizens and court witnesses are threatened, harassed and fired from their jobs by the powerful cartel that runs this island.

This must and will stop.

UPDATED: Grape Hall, Barbados – December 11, 2008 10:27pm Continue reading

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