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Garcia option

Dawne Parris

Garcia option

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THE ATTORNEY for Cuban Raul Garcia has recommended to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that the stateless prisoner be allowed to stay with Bajans who have volunteered to take him in, rather than house him on taxpayer dollars.
David Comissiong revealed to the WEEKEND NATION that he was waiting to hear whether Stuart would accept that option or stick with the initial plan to hold Garcia at a Barbados Defence Force-controlled facility.
“Acting on behalf of Mr Garcia and his family, we were able to secure a location that will be a very suitable place for Mr Garcia to be housed, pending his eventual deportation from Barbados,” the human rights activist said yesterday, although declining to identify the site or the individuals.
“It is a location that is private and that would therefore not involve the Barbados Government in any expense whatsoever. It is also a location that is away from the population centres and that would be a very secure location. So we have ventilated all of this with the relevant governmental authorities and they have carried out their own enquiries. So all of that ground work has been laid and we are now simply awaiting final word from the Prime Minister, who is also Minister responsible for Immigration.”