Garcia ease

Barry Alleyne,

Added 25 October 2012

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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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