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Garcia at fault!

Garcia at fault! Raul Garcia. (FP)

By Heather-Lynn Evanson | Tue, February 12, 2013 - 12:11 AM

Convicted drug dealer Raul Garcia has been accused of deliberately frustrating the process which would have seen him being sent to live in another country.

This charge came yesterday from Principal Crown Counsel in the Solicitor-General’s Chambers, Donna Brathwaite, who told High Court judge Justice Margaret Reifer that many attempts by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to convene a meeting, via Skype, fell through because of Garcia’s actions.

Brathwaite was arguing about the impact of a letter from the UNHCR to the Chief Immigration Officer which she said would have seen Garcia being sent to live in a third country, if it had been accepted.

She said the UNHCR’s letter showed that the agency had already conducted an enquiry into Garcia’s situation, before the writ of habeas corpus had been filed on his behalf.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 8 months ago
If what the Crown is arguing here be true, I am not surprised by Garcia's filibustering to stay in Barbados. This Island is the most beautiful place on earth for anyone to live.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 8 months ago
If indeed what has been alleged as far as Mr. Garcia's attempts to frustrate efforts to relocate him to a third country turns out to be true then I must say this is a game changer. While one may be sympathetic to Mr. Garcia's reluctance to go live in a country of which he may know nothing about the fact does remain that the State, if what is alleged is true, does have a right to have him removed fron Barbados.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 8 months ago
If Counsel Brathwaite's charge correct, then it would appear that Mr. Garcia doesn't want to depart his 'beloved' adopted home. Seems as if he's employing stalling tactics to either delay his exit or prevent it altogether. Wonder if his counsel has anything to do with it. Hmmm, I smell a rat!

This man should've been out of our country by now. This matter has dragged on far too long. Why don't our authorities simply inform Mr. Garcia of his departure date worked out by UNHCR and the third country, wish him well then make sure that he leaves?

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Posted by Hazeline Goddard Ross 1 year, 8 months ago
Well, well, well.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 8 months ago
Wow! Brilliant, you are trampling on a persons rights and it's his fault that he does not corporate with you? Come again Ms Brathwaite.

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Posted by dirtyokra two point o 1 year, 8 months ago
I don't blame him. They kept the man locked up way beyond his time. Now its his turn for some get back. I don't care what anyone on here says. The government messed up his situation from the beginning. The system took their time so now he's taking his.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 8 months ago
Well, waiting for Mr Commissiong's rebuttal!

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 8 months ago
Other than his basic human ones, what rights does Mr. Garcia possess in this case? Absolutely none. He should be thankful to his Maker and the government and people of Barbados for putting up with him for so long and at their expense too. Contrary to the view coming from some quarters, Mr. Garcia is not in any driver's seat so to speak.

Were Mr. Garcia residing in the land of his birth or some other country where the leader's word is supreme, he probably would still be in jail rotting or would've been sent to his eternal destination a long time ago. For in such countries, drug dealers are summarily executed, often only after a sham trial.

Let's get this confounded case over please. The sooner, the better.

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