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Garcia ‘a Cuban problem’

Tony Best

Garcia ‘a Cuban problem’

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Raul Garcia’s birthplace Cuba should take him off Barbados’ hands and end the saga over where he should live, said Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale.
The envoy added he did not believe the United States was under any legal obligation to take back the man who has spent more than 15 years in prison here for cocaine smuggling but who can’t find a country willing to take him, two years after his sentence ended.
“It is a very difficult situation for a man who served his time and is caught in no man’s land,” said Beale, Barbados top diplomat at the Organization of American States (OAS).
“On the other hand, I don’t see why Cuba doesn’t accept him back. They should accept the man back. If he is Cuban, he should go back to Cuba. I think it is unfair for the Cubans to ostracize the man and put it in the hands of Barbados. It is a Cuban problem they have pushed on to be a Barbados problem. That’s just my two cents’ [worth] of looking at it.”
Beale, a former bank chief executive, told the SUNDAY SUN he was expressing a personal view.