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Garcia ease

OFF TO COURT: Cuban detainee Raul Garcia making his way to court from his detention facility in Dalkeith, St Michael, under the scrutiny of Immigration Department and Barbados Defence Force officials.

By Barry Alleyne | Thu, October 25, 2012 - 12:10 AM

Raul Garcia remains a detained man.

But he should sleep a bit easier this week, after a High Court judge yesterday intervened to improve conditions under which he was being detained by the Immigration Department.

Efforts to earn his complete freedom, however, will have to wait another 28 days.

Justice Margaret Reifer yesterday granted a number of private concessions to the detained Cuban-born, American-raised and Barbadian-rehabilitated former drug dealer, which should make living conditions easier at the house in Dalkeith, St Michael, where he is confined. But an application by his attorneys claiming he is being unlawfully detained won’t be heard until November 21.

Justice Reifer met with Garcia’s lawyer David Comissiong and Donna K. Brathwaite, attorney for the Minister Responsible for Immigration and the Chief Immigration Officer, for almost two hours yesterday to mediate an amelioration of Garcia’s conditions.

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 12 months ago

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Posted by Ned Brown 1 year, 12 months ago
Get this criminal out of Barbados. Stop feeling sorry for this guy, he is a criminal just like those at Guantanamo bay in Cuba. Why don't you ask America to set them free? Wake up Bajans.

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Posted by sonia callender 1 year, 12 months ago
I guess we should not be shocked if on November 21st Mr. Garcia is granted his permanent resident status in Bim if he is to be no longer detained. Under our immigration laws, is one allowed to work if not a permanent resident or have a work visa? How will he take care of himself if not granted residence - will he become a welfare recipient? We should be careful of the precedents we set

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 12 months ago
What is the role of the Cuban Embassy/Ambassador here in Barbados? Just to enjoy a million diplomatic privileges and diplomatic immunity?

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 12 months ago
Is he unlawfully detained? Under the Immigration Act CAP 190, it says he's to be deported. Aren't those lawful grounds for detainment? I'm looking at section 21, which gives the government as much time as is needed (to not only detain someone) but for the time it takes to deport them. Under section 22, I believe it provides the Crown with immunity until a destination can be found. Garcia' breaking of laws all along the way has put him into this situation. His best bet is petition the G.G. for a pardon, or find a host country willing to take him. My message to him, start writing! Netherlands has decriminalised druguse he could always try there for example they might grant him status either there or some of the Dutch isles.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 12 months ago
Seems to me Mr. Comissiong is using a common tactic in vogue nowadays: accuse an opponent (real or perceived) of being a hater which tends to put the latter on the defensive. Not working in your client Mr. Garcia’s case, Comrade. Won’t be surprised if Mr. Comissiong’s next move is to file a petition seeking permanent residence for his client in Barbados.

Bajans for the most part have acknowledged that Mr. Garcia has served time for the very serious crime of dealing in the illicit drug trade, therefore should enjoy total freedom. The question is where he will enjoy this freedom. What we are in a disagreement with is the fact that he continues to reside in our country at taxpayer’s expense. He’s being housed, clothed and fed by our government. Perhaps I’ve missed it but I haven’t read thus far, that either he or his sponsor have thanked the Barbados government for supplying these things gratis.

One would think that granting Mr. Garcia residence status or citizenship would be totally out of the question. In my view, the government would be wrong if it let him loose in our country, given his previous conviction as well as the twin facts that he’s neither a citizen or legal resident of Barbados. The temptation for Mr. Garcia to get involved in drug trafficking again which would be detrimental to our society if it happened, may be too great. Risky business.

Wonder if our government has considered asking Mr. Chavez’s Venezuela to accept this stateless man. Mr. Chavez is chummy with the leadership of our Caribbean neighbor to the north and may be apt to take Mr. Garcia off our hands as a favor to the regime there.

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 12 months ago
@ J PAYNE.... REWIND THE TAPE,1. information was in place to justify search of garcia at our port of entry,2.holding cells port of entry are considered neutral ground,you may be held there,without being officially allowed into the country.3.barbados made a decision to accept garcia and prosecute him here, they had choices, the choice they made allowed the usa to deny all rights to garcia. he was a convicted felon in a foreign country.this is why garcia is deemed stateless. eat crow, be responsible for the decision that we made, and stop risking our countries good record in human rights... ps. remember the great train robbery.. the last fugitive lived in open luxury in our squeaky clean island, was it because he was white and came from europe?

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