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					Five New Attorneys Admitted To The Bar

The local bar welcomed five new attorneys to the fold on Wednesday during a special sitting of
the High Court. The five new attorneys comprise four females and one male, Andre Winston
Thomas who is the brother of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who is himself a Barrister. Prime
Minister Thomas along with family members of the other attorneys were present to witness their
admission to the local bar. The other new attorneys are Dia Chantelle Forrester, Xiomara Kezia
Rahae Cherebin, Cindy Chenelle Tisha John, and Anya Chou Chung nee Menezes. Each of
attorneys brings to the local bright spots from their course of studies, especially Forrester who is
the first Grenadian to graduate from a law school excelling with 11 subjects, ten of which are
grade A and the other being a grade B. The new attorneys who were presented by senior
members of the bar, including Queen’s Counsel Carol Bristol, Lisa Taylor and Ruggles
Ferguson all pledged their commitment to practice law with honesty and integrity. The
admission ceremony was presided over by High Court Judges, Clare Henry and Francis
Cumberbatch. In congratulating her new legal colleagues, Justice Henry indicated that they are
now Officers of the Court and they will be required to uphold the highest ethics of the legal
profession. “You will need to understand the awesome responsibility of being an attorney in this
society,” she said. Justice Cumberbatch also shared some words of advice to the five new
attorneys. He admonished those who aspire to be successful at the private bar not to be
tempted at breaching the oath that they took. “Always remember your responsibility to your
clients, to the bar, to the bench, and most importantly justice,” he said. To those who are
desirous of working at the public bar, Justice Cumberbatch pointed out to them that their
remuneration is the hard sweat and work of the tax payers. “Just remember, much is expected
of you at the level of the bar, the bench, the clients and the general dispense of justice,” he said.

Robertson: Quash the deal

A call has been made for the three month old National Democratic Congress (NDC) government
of Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas to squash and to start all over the process for setting up the
multi-million dollar Grenada Grand Beach Resorts deal with Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton.
The call was made by member of the Citizens in Defense of Grenada’s, Lands and Heritage,
Clifford Robertson on the Beyond The Headlines programme aired on the Grenada
Broadcasting Network (GBN). Robertson who is associated with the Congress party, lambasted
former Minister of Finance, Anthony Boatswain and Government’s Strategic Trade Advisor, Dr.
Patrick Antoine who also appeared on the programme. In voicing strong opposition to the
manner in which the deal was being negotiated, he said that it was being done in a clandestine
manner and that there was conflict of interest especially as it related to Dr. Antoine. He noted
that Dr. Antoine, who was an employee of the Grenada government was at the same time
directly representing the interest of Time Bourke Limited, a company overseeing the business
deal for the racer. Officials of Time Bourke had negotiated with the previous New National Party
(NNP) of ex-Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell for sale of the lands occupied by the Resort.
According to Robertson, he is of the opinion that the deal between the government of Grenada
and Hamilton had been breached already since the agreement calls for his marketing of the
country to start with the signing of the agreement. He stated that there was no marketing done
of Grenada by the Formula One Driver during the Germany Grand Prix. Dr. Antoine told the
programme that the Hamilton deal entails the building of a five-star hotel, with employment
benefits for up to 350 persons and additional millions of dollars in economic benefits. He said
that Grenada is not going to see a deal of this magnitude for decades to come and sought to
blame the uncertainty on an article written by newspaper columnist Lloyd Noel which raised
serious questions about the agreement. Former Economic Development Minister Boatswain
said nothing was done secretly in the negotiations which began in February and ended one day
prior to the July 8 general elections. Outspoken member of Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s,
Lands and Heritage, Sandra Ferguson, likened the deal to yet another one of the vulgar
precedence set over the last 13 years under the Mitchell administration. She said it is rather
unfortunate that Hamilton whose father and grandfather are Grenadians have been the one to
get caught up in such a controversial deal which needs to be revisited. Ferguson called on the
NDC administration to help clean up the image of the country as a matter of priority in the
interest of protecting Grenada’s heritage.


Commitment from PM Thomas


Prime Minister Tillman Thomas says his government is determined to restore Grenada’s image
in the international financial arena. The declaration was made during a courtesy call by
members of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). The Prime Minister said it was
government’s determination to take advantage of the benefits offered by the offshore sector,
once the business is legitimate. “We will give all the necessary support to correct some of the
difficulties we have had in the sector in the past”, he told a visiting CATF delegation. “We are
prepared to take the necessary steps to make sure our compliance matches internationally
accepted standards. This will enable us to get involved in the financial sector in a legitimate
way,” he said. Finance Minister Nazim Burke said the three month old National Democratic
Congress (NDC) government has already taken steps to restore Grenada financial integrity
including working with both the banking and non-banking sectors to strengthen regulations
against money laundering. “We want to tackle the problem at its root so we have been working
with the financial sector to enhance the regulatory environment”, he said. “We have a good
relationship with the affected institutions. They have also been making suggestions for inclusion
in our new approach,” he added. The CFATF team, lead by Roger Hernandez visited the island
to conduct Grenada’s Mutual Evaluation Review which will determine the country’s compliance
with the regime for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating terrorism as mandated by FATF.
The team will stay on the island until October 31. The last review was held in 2003. Coming out
of that review Grenada was removed from the international ‘black list’. The team will be meeting
with the Financial Supervisory Authority, Ministry of Finance, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and
representatives of banking and non-banking sectors. Grenada was blacklisted by the
international community during the 13-year rule of the previous New National Party (NNP) of ex-
Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell for its flirtation with the offshore banking business. The
Mitchell regime is best remembered for the collapse of First International Bank of Grenada
(FIBG) in which American and Canadian citizens were duped of millions of dollars by fraudsters.
Some of the funds were also used to help bankroll Mitchell’s NNP to its crushing 15-0 win
against opponents in the 1999 general elections.


My Expectations…. My Rights…..


The following statement was issued by British-trained broadcaster, Stanley Charles who earlier
in the month was once again a free man after his charge of Sedition was dropped by State
prosecutors. Charles was expected to face a judge and jury before the high court following
allegations he made in 1998 about a government-sponsored plot to assassinate former Foreign
Affairs Minister, Dr. Raphael Fletcher. He was the second high profile journalist in the country
whose matter in court was discontinued by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Christopher
Nelson: The decision by the State to discontinue its seditious libel case against me has
‘unleashed’ a reservoir of goodwill towards me. One is overwhelmed by what ones sees as the
fanfare of the common man but one is intimidated by the ‘expectation’ of many who appear to
think it is now my duty not only to name the would-be killer but to deploy what a former acting
Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court called some kind of ‘self-help’ justice. It is a matter of
public record that former Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell exercised ‘influence’ over the police
and the judicial system in Grenada. It is reasonable to expect that the police will have been
persuaded not to investigate some allegations of criminal intent. We live ‘under law’ and it would
be wholly wrong for me to become a kind of police to please those among our numbers who
have lost their faith in the forces of justice. People who are entrusted with high office in Grenada
cannot be allowed to harbour in their minds that public office is a ‘sanctuary’ from where criminal
activity can be commissioned. The alleged plot to kill a former minister by the use of a gun was
not a figment of my imagination ... the commissioning of a group of young men to carry out a
crime against the person of a young Grenadian Parliamentarian … other public allegations,
including fraud and the alleged plundering of the public purse cannot depend on a citizen to
execute justice… one hopes the relevant government arm will lay charges soon. I am looking
forward to the return of my passport and most importantly a deed used by Paul Roberts to
secure my bail. It is also important to note conditions for bail included reporting to the police
every day…how can one not be aggrieved by this virtual poleaxe in of one’s life all driven by Dr
Mitchell in the name of the Queen. No one should think me unreasonable for asking that justice
be seen to be done and fit and proper redress towards me by the State/Queen in whose name,
one was persecuted wantonly and maliciously prosecuted denied one’s constitutional and
human rights all at the behest of a Government whose term in office was distinguished by
numerous unsavoury allegations of sleaze.




Thank God we're about to see the end of him!


By Max Sterling The issue regarding the naming of a new Governor General is not surprising as
the new administration could never continue with the same old holder of the office of GG after
he has brought the office into disrepute so many times. Extreme situations need to be brought
under control by extreme measures, notwithstanding what who may say about taking the holder
of the office to task in the public as has been done by this column and past editorials of this
powerful newspaper. This is our time to take the country in hand and run the country through
trusted caretakers. This is not the nefarious times of 1995 to 2008 under Keith Mitchell's inferior
style of leadership which has him nervous today that any time now criminal charges can be
brought against him and other colleagues who really misbehaved in public office. As God knows
– they had their time! I am relieved to know that he (Mitchell) is very quiet these days as
somebody must have advised him that he is likely to die of over exposure if he keeps on being
in the spotlight with his negative and senseless rants. When man ha' cocoa in the sun – man
must look for rain and so I believe he will be better served to sit on his back wall at home and
suck his "beff" mango and keep quiet. I am very certain that although Mr. Carlyle Glean – a
former Minister of Education in a Nicholas Brathwaite led administration between 1990 and
1995 – would have been aligned with the NDC as a political party, he is not like the current
holder of the office of Governor General to allow his integrity to fall into question with any issue
relating to conflict of interest. People of Mr. Glean's level of integrity is who we need to fill
important positions as that of the Queen's resident representative here and not anyone who
would accept thousands of dollars when resources are scarce to accept as exorbitant rent for
his own house in the aftermath of national disaster. The recent editorial in this newspaper was
bang on when it indicated that $13, 000 plus were spent on the Rental at the Governor-General
residence. Take at a look at the Special Audit Report for November 2006 that was done by the
Director of Audit. On page 31 of that report, it was noted by the Director of audit that “the
government is presently renting buildings to house the offices and/or residences resulting in
high rental cost for an indefinite length of time”. The Director of Audit gave as an example the
rent per month for the Governor-General. He said that $7500.00 per month was paid by
government for use of the Governor-General Residence, as well as $2750.00 per month for
Housing Police and Maids, and a further $3000.00 for Government House Archives at the said
residence. This is what was also written in the report by the Director of Audit: Total rent paid in
2005 to March 06 to Sir Daniel for use of his residence was $206, 104.83. Imagine some people
are still working for less than $6000.00 a month in this country and one man getting that and
more for one month’s rent of his home in a country that was ravaged by two hurricanes within
12 months. If ah lie, ah lie after the Director of Audit. There are one or two retired seasoned
public servants who want to take issue with the way the current holder of the office of Governor
General has been treated by the media and even John Public. I say to them – wake up before
you do not enjoy all of your retirement alive. People like Sir Daniel Williams have been too
vulgar with their excesses in the office and ought to be called out on their perceived/apparent
intransigence. When they are scandalized in the open – others who are likely to occupy that
office will never want to be treated with similar disdain by the general public and therefore would
walk the straight and narrow being the best example they can be to our people. We better say
thank God it was a "Gentleman" like Tillman Thomas who took over the reigns of government
and not someone like me who would have taken steps forthwith to get rid of Daniel Williams as
Governor General in order to surgically remove any further tendency to belittle the office. For all
of twelve years this office has been in disrepute and it is time we build back that office with good
people. Isn't it remarkable that during the 13 years of Mitchell's abuse of power that we never
thought Grenada had anyone good enough who could fill any position of trust? Now today they
are gone awaiting their position in the dustbin of our history and we are seeing the likes of Mr.
James Bristol, Mrs. Franka Alexis-Bernardine, Mr. James Clarkson, and all the other good
people we never thought existed taking positions and giving them their true life. I am certain
soon to be Sir Carlyle Glean will do well to repair the image of the office of Governor General as
he is an educated family man whose actual character cannot be questioned. Mr. Glean's name
has never been called in any "hankey pankey" whether of an incestuous nature or otherwise. I
want to seize this opportunity to beg our politicians and officers of the Houses of Parliament to
reflect us as a people and take a decision to remove all this cumbersome wigs and gowns they
wear – which to me are more distracting than constructive. We are an informal people whose
very culture does not make allowance for us to continue to resemble the slave who stole the
master's clothes. I love to look at traditional ceremonial activities in England – whether in person
or on television. But guess what – they belong to England. We do not have to follow that as that
does not belong to us. I would like to see our Speaker of the House and President of the Senate
and even or Clerk/s of Parliament remove this out of context wigs and robes and concentrate on
our business. Even the awful language of whereas, hitherto – etc. need to be removed and
simplified. I know surprisingly - Senator Humphrey may not agree with me but I can say that I
respect him as one of Grenada's most solid individuals and would respectfully disagree with
him. The new administration in St. George's is getting itself together in many respects and I
would like to see the Freedom of Information Act passed, certain amendments to the
Constitution carried out in order to limit the number of terms a Prime Minister can serve, the
restructuring of the way a Police Commissioner is appointed, and important changes of the like.
I want to stop here this week as I have something hot I am working on for next week which
requires me to spend as much time as I can in order to present it well. As I said before – all who
have cocoa in the sun must look for rain.
Dr. Mitchell to face Civil action


Former Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell can find himself facing a civil charge of malicious
prosecution. This was disclosed by local attorney, Anselm Clouden who represented Grenada
Today Limited and the newspaper editor, George Worme in a criminal libel suit that was initiated
by Dr. Mitchell after the 1999 general elections. The case came up for hearing on Monday, but
the court was informed by Clouden that he was served with a notice of discontinuance of the
eight-year old matter by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Nelson. In the letter
dated October 16, Nelson said, “by virtue of Section 71 (2) (C) of the Constitution of Grenada
and every other power thereunto enabling me, I hereby discontinue the... proceedings against
you, George Worme and Grenada Today Limited for the offense of intentional libel.” After the
brief hearing, Clouden told the media the matter is not at an end as he will be pursuing civil
charges against Dr. Mitchell who is now the Leader of the Opposition. “Mr. Worme has since
instructed me to take civil proceedings against Dr. Mitchell for malicious prosecution,” he said. A
strong critic of Dr. Mitchell, the outspoken defense attorney said the only sad and unfortunate
aspect to the sudden withdrawal of the case is that Dr. Mitchell had sought to bring the integrity
of the criminal justice system into disrepute by his constant refusal to appear when he was
required by law. One month ago when the matter came up for hearing, Chief Police Prosecutor,
Inspector Vannie Curwen told the St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court he had received
a letter from Dr. Mitchell stating that he no longer has interest in the case. “We have seen over
the years that Dr. Mitchell has been implicated with all sorts of bribery scams beginning with
(Eric) Restiener, David Rowe, all convicted felons, and therefore, it is my considered view that in
order to sidetrack the further cross-examination, he has decided to throw the towel in, but we
are going to take the necessary steps to ensure that the rule of law prevails and that justice is
not only done, but seen to be done, and therefore he can expect from us civil process very
shortly,” Clouden said. The criminal libel case came as a result of a letter which appeared in the
GRENADA TODAY Newspaper under the caption, “Doc Stop Playing Politics,” following the
1999 General Election which saw Mitchell’s New National Party winning all of the 15
parliamentary seats.



Housing board in the red



Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Senator Glen Noel says that the Housing Authority
of Grenada (HAG) is $9 million in debt. Sen. Noel made the disclosure as he addressed local
reporters at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministerial Complex in St. George’s. “The
Authority is currently loosing $100,100.00 every month and is $9 million in debt...”, he told
reporters. “...We believe that the experience of all the new members will re-organise the
Authority and put it on the road to recovery ,” he said. Sen. Noel also gave the names of the
new members of the Board of Directors charged with the responsibility of rescuing the state-run
entity. The board will be chaired by outspoken religious leader, Pastor Stanford Simon who
heads St. George’s Baptist church at Springs. Simon replaces Public Relations Officer (PRO) of
the outgoing New National Party (NNP) government, Terrence Forrester, who resigned from the
position following the July 8 General elections which saw the National Democratic Congress
(NDC) swept into office. Sen. Noel said that the new board will consist of a cross section of
persons whom he described as competent and dedicated. The new Board also includes former
parliamentary representative for the constituency of St John, Edzel Thomas, and General
Secretary of GRENCODA, Judy Williams. Sen. Noel expressed confidence in the new board
members and expressed his government’s belief that these persons will re-organise the
Authority and bring a level of satisfaction to the country’s housing sector. The appointment of
Simon follows pronouncements by the newly installed government that a number of
discrepancies have been discovered in the Housing Authority particularly leading up to the
country’s July poll. An assessment into the affairs of the Authority is presently underway.



The Grand Beach deal



Minister of Tourism and Foreign Affairs, Peter David has given the Grenadian people the
assurance that his administration will protect their interest in the controversial Grenada Grand
Beach Resorts deal. In response to questions raised on the controversial multi-million dollar
deal, Minister David said that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government would have
like to see the country get more out of the deal however they have accepted it and will give his
support to the English racer’s investment. He also gave a guarded comment in light of grave
doubts hanging over the deal following reports that the deal fell through after the lessee of the
Grenada Grand Beach Resort operated by Trinidadian businessman Issa Nicholas disclosed
that Time Bourke Limited, the company negotiating on Hamilton’s behalf, “failed to live up to its
obligations,” David said that government is yet to receive official correspondence confirming that
the multi-million dollar deal is no more. Nicholas issued a press release which indicated that
there were problems in the negotiations with the Hamilton group. The release read in part that,
“negotiations for a sale of the premises failed through no fault of Issa Nicholas (Grenada)
Limited and Grenada Grand Beach Resorts Inc”. Well-placed sources told GRENADA TODAY
that Nicholas is unwilling to accept an offer of 30 million U.S put forward by the Hamilton Group
of investors in exchange for his leasehold rights to the property. A source close to the
negotiations said that Nicholas sees this as an attempt by the Hamilton Group to renege on an
earlier agreement of US$42.5 million for ownership of the hotel. Two moths ago, the British
driver paid US$4.25m which amounted to a 10% deposit on the entire transaction at a local
commercial bank. The Grenadian people are still unclear whether the lands located on the
international acclaimed Grand Anse beach will remain in the hands of Hamilton or revert back to
the Government and People of Grenada if the deal falls through. David said that if in fact the
deal fell through then his government has expectations that the land will revert to the
Government and people of Grenada. The former Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP)
government is under fire in local quarters for the manner in which it sold 20 acres of State lands
secretly to Hamilton for the hotel project.


G’da signs onto EPA


Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David has added Grenada’s signature to the controversial
Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed last week at the Sherbourne Conference
Centre in Barbados. David joined his 15 CARIFORUM colleagues in signing the Agreement
which will govern trade in goods, services and investments between the European Union (EU)
and the CARIFORUM bloc - made up of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the
Dominican Republic. The agreement was not signed by one Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
member - Haiti. The EPA reaffirms a commitment to the use of international environmental
standards and CARIFORUM countries stands to benefit financially and otherwise in a number of
areas. In a prior briefing, David had informed the local media that Grenada stands to benefit
from some US$165 million dollars to be lodged in the CARIFORUM secretariat. In Grenada’s
case, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Oliver Joseph, pinpointed that the
service sector and the setting up of a technical school are two of the areas that will be pushed
forward at the end of the three-year grace period (2011) for developmental assistance from the
EU. According to Minister David, the agreement will see the opening up of the Grenadian
market over a three year period and a number of developmental opportunities on the market. He
said that his ministry will continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure that they are properly
informed about the EPA and what it means for Grenada and to ensure that Grenada becomes
competitive on the world market. Commenting on the people’s scanty knowledge of the new
agreement, Minister David said that this is a concern to him but persons need to remember that
when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government came into office three months ago
the agreement was already signed by its predecessor and and the new rulers had little time to
adequately educate the population. However, he said that his ministry will ensure that the
existing gap between government and the Grenadian people will close. One of the main
contentions with the EPA is that it will lock the region into an agreement that will lose its
relevance as world conditions changes. For all products originating in CARIFORUM countries
and exported to the EU (other than rice and sugar), the agreement has brought about a duty-
and quota-free access regime as from January 1, 2008. Access for CARIFORUM rice will be
duty and quota free after a transition period of two years ending on December 31, 2009. Initially,
the signing ceremony was set for June, but it was delayed twice amid mounting opposition from
civil society, members of the academic community and some political leaders. Guyana’s
Ambassador to the European Union, Dr Patrick Gomes, signed the EPA on his country’s behalf
in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday - five days after their counterparts signed the agreement. The
government of Guyana signed the document only after they succeeded in getting two important
improvements made to the agreement. The clauses include mandatory evaluation of the costs
and other damaging effects of the EPA and some protection for CARICOM as it continues to put
in place its own single market and economy. Minister David expressed satisfaction with
Guyana’s decision to sign the agreement and said that the EPA in its current form is the best
thing that the countries involved can get at this point in time, adding that he was hopeful that the
agreement will serve “us well”. The EPA is a scheme to create a free trade area (FTA) between
the European Union and the ACP countries. It is a response to continuing criticism that the non-
reciprocal and discriminating preferential trade agreements offered by the EU are incompatible
with WTO rules. The EPAs are a key element of the Cotonou Agreement, the latest agreement
in the history of ACP-EU Development Cooperation.



Quiet uneasiness at GBN



Several members of staff at the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) are unhappy over the
manner in which moves are being made to have former News Director Odette Campbell return
to her previous position at the station. Campbell is due to resume duties as News Director from
the beginning of November. “There is a quiet uneasiness among staff,” a source at GBN said.
The source said although the quiet uneasiness is mainly from among the newsroom staff, it
extends to the general staff members who are also quietly voicing concern with the way in which
management acted in having their former colleague rejoin the staff. GRENADA TODAY was told
that the person who was acting as News Director, Leslie-ann Johnson was taken out to dinner
sometime in September by the manager, Ruel Edwards where he broke the news to her. “So
Leslie-ann (was) thinking that she going to dinner to discuss newsroom matters ... and it was
after a hard day’s work and stress, she did not even want to go, but she said it might be in the
interest of the newsroom, only to find out in the middle of the dinner, (that he) tell her that she
will no longer be in charge of the newsroom,” the source said. According to the source,
Management introduced Campbell to staff on October 1 but News Reporter Tricia Reuben is
currently in charge of the News Room. Campbell has been employed with Singer as the
Corporate Communications Officer after having left the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) which
she joined when she left GBN four years ago. The source spoke of Reuben being responsible
for the daily functioning of the newsroom, including allocating staff to assignments. The source
also said the newsroom cellular phone was taken away from Johnson and given to Campbell
who, in turn placed it in the care of Reuben. “Why did they have to get rid of Leslie-ann
(Johnson) immediately if she (Campbell) wasn’t prepared to take up the position from the first
(of October)?” the source queried. Johnson is currently on vacation leave which concludes at
the end of November. Following Campbell’s departure from GBN, Johnson was made senior
news producer with responsibility for managing the newsroom.




Bristol Gets ‘Smoking Gun”

Keith Mitchell Days Might be Numbered A friendly government has given the new Tillman
Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration the “lethal weapon” that it was
looking for against former Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell. A high-level source told GRENADA
TODAY that Attorney-General, Jimmy Bristol has received correspondence from the
government which was not named that could result in an “immediate investigation” of Mitchell
for alleged wrong-doing. He said that a team of officials including some of the best legal brains
in the country will be put together in a matter of days to advise the three-month old regime on
how best to proceed with the “prized possession” now in its hands. He did not rule out an
assault by the new rulers in St. George’s on Mitchell’s continued existence as a parliamentarian
in the country. “There is a lot to be done with this thing. We have to make sure that we handle it
in the best possible way”, he remarked. The source was confident that the “smoking gun” that
was made available by the “friendly government” could bring an end to the former Prime
Minister’s stranglehold on the St. George North-west constituency. He declined to give specific
details about whether the information now in the hands of the Thomas administration related to
the much-talked about Videotape which allegedly shows Mitchell receiving a large cash
payment in the form of a bribe in June 2000 from imprisoned fraudster, Eric Resteiner in
exchange for a diplomatic position. Mitchell has also been dogged by allegations that he had
been an illegal occupant in the Office of the Prime Minister over suspicions that he was a U.S
citizen. The ex-Grenadian leader has consistently maintained that he held no other citizenship
but that of Grenada and instituted legal proceedings against local attorney-at-law, Lloyd Noel on
the issue. In addition, the new rulers have documentary evidence of an attempt that was made
by Mitchell’s NNP in June to get another friendly government to divert funds earmarked for the
government and people of Grenada into the NNP coffers for the July 8 poll. Prime Minister
Thomas confirmed to this newspaper early Wednesday that although he had not personally
seen the information, however, AG Bristol did indicate to him that it was at his disposal. While in
opposition, Thomas vowed to allow law enforcement officers to prosecute anyone who broke
the laws of the country. According to the source, there is a strong possibility that the new Prime
Minister might address the nation in the near future on the issue involving his predecessor in
office. In addition, Director of Pubic Prosecutions (DPP), Christopher Nelson might be presented
with a dossier on the matter for possible legal action against the former Prime Minister. Mitchell
has been the dominant figure in the St. George North-west constituency since 1984.



EDITORIAL

A mixed bag in 100 days


It is just pass 100 days since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) unseated the New
National Party (NNP) from power following 13 years at the helm by Keith Claudius Mitchell, the
controversial Mathematician and Statistician from Happy Hill in St. George North-west. It has
been a rather mixed bag for the new rulers in St. George’s who promised to introduce a different
and more gentle style of government than the 13-years of one-manism of its predecessor. New
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his outfit in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has
been able to start delivering on some of its promises - the most important being the introduction
of the Free School Books programme. The appointment of Commissioner of Police, James
Clarkson has brought a new dispensation in the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), much
different to the lameduck years of Fitzroy Bedeau and Winston James. The new Police Chief is
leading from in front and not waiting on instructions from the powers-that-be in the Botanical
Gardens to merely implement their whims and fancies. The government is also falling short on
its relationship with some of its rainbow partners who helped to bring about the July 8 victory. It
needs to constructively engage the organisations that are the real and genuine umbrella bodies
for the trade unions, churches, private sector groupings, employers and other non-governmental
entities. There should be no hand-picking of persons to serve on statutory bodies but rather
allow the democratic process to flow and not engage in any form of “controlled democracy”.
Perhaps, the major negative for the government in the first 100 days in office has been in the
area of public relations. Congress has left to its own detriment, the system imposed by the past
government very much intact at the Government Information Service (GIS). Prime Minister
Thomas and company need to understand and rather quickly that it was the media that played a
pivotal and critical role in dismantling the Mitchell dynasty. Some sections of the local media
provided the platform for opponents of the regime like attorney-at-law, Anslem Clouden, former
Opposition Leader, Michael Baptiste and trade unionist, Senator Chester Humphrey to chip
away on a constant basis at the bricks of wall on the house of the NNP. And it is the media that
will make or break this government in the months and years ahead. GRENADA TODAY is
calling on the Prime Minister to take the lead and charge in putting the necessary media
structures in place to ensure that the policies and programmes of his government reach the
masses. The government is allowing the NNP too much room to manoeuvre and disseminate its
propaganda without challenge. The reality of the situation is that ex-Prime Minister Mitchell
created the conditions and was able to successfully cultivate and bring into his orbit a number of
the small and financially-plagued FM radio stations on the island. It is these stations that the
NNP would turn to in its efforts to re-organise and strategise for the battle ahead. Take for
instance, the expected increase in gas prices and the lack of information coming from
government quarters. The Tillman Thomas government is fully aware about the background to
the increases but its think tank and machinery is not in place to offer any explanation of the
issue to the people. This newspaper has said in the past that one-man Michael Baptiste was
more effective in Parliament than the seven combined members of Congress in the 2003-2008
period. And it is about time for the new government to engage Eddie Frederick and bring him
back from the cold in Miami to help with the propaganda battle that lies ahead. Mr. Frederick is
a thinker and most importantly a person who is motivated to ensure that Mitchellism and
NNPism are totally crushed and wiped off the Grenadian political landscape. This anti-Mitchell
crusader is capable of delivering “the goods” in a way that even the GIS will not be able to
perform. A word to the wise is sufficient.



Bowen wins in New York


Former deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Gregory Bowen, has won his case against
U.S oilman, Jack Grynberg but his victory comes amidst fresh allegations that a high-ranking
member of the previous NNP regime had been receiving proceeds from the Petro Caribe deal
“under the table”. The US$500 million law suit brought against Bowen, Mikhail Fridman, Len
Blavatnik, Lev Korchagin and Lev Model - all (4) associated with Global Petroleum Group Ltd
has been dismissed by a New York District Court. The government of Grenada in 2005 had
terminated an agreement with Grynberg’s RSM Production Corporation to explore for oil and
gas in Grenadian waters. The move came after the american oilman invoked a state of force
majeure only 14 days after he had signed the agreement in July 1996, and used the inactive
period to sell rights that he did not have instead of investing in the exploration for oil and gas
within the island’s territory. Grynberg then took legal action against Bowen alleging that the
former government minister had asked for a substantial bribe payment from the Russians in
order to interfere with his oil agreement reached with the Grenada government in 1996.
Grynberg threatened the Keith Mitchell led New National Party (NNP) administration that he
intedned to file the lawsuit against Bowen if his demands were not met. However, the New York
District Court last week ruled that Grynberg’s allegations was scandalous, baseless and false.
Grynberg’s original complaint in New York District Court was thrown out by the judge and he
had amended his complaint three times. The judge also indicated that he would entertain an
application for Grynberg to reimburse the legal fees of the defendants. Legal sources in St.
George’s told GRENADA TODAY that any legal fees to be re-imbursed will have to go to the
Treasury and not Bowen himself. “It was the State who paid for Bowen’s legal defense so that
money will have to go to the State and not Bowen himself”, said a seasoned local attorney-at-
law. Meanwhile, the NNP in a release issued said, “it is instructive to note that Mr Bowen (in)
winning the case, not only is his name cleared, but he has also removed potential damages of
US$500 million from the government and the people of Grenada, the amount that Grynberg
sued for.” Grynberg is said to be notorious for using litigation as a tactic to advance business
interests and bully adversaries. He has also been identified as a plaintiff in more than 160
Federal and State actions, which include 73 separate actions under the False Claims Act
against almost every company in the natural gas industry. Meanwhile the new allegations which
surfaced last week alleges that a former official in the NNP regime had been receiving some
40% of the increases that GRENLEC was charging customers. However, GRENLEC has denied
the claim stating that its business is transparent and any wrongdoing if there is any truth to the
claim is apart from GRENLEC. According to Corporate Communications Manager, Zara Chase,
GRENLEC does not pay third parties.



Clouden gets ambassadorial appointment
One of Grenada’s most outspoken attorneys-at-law, Anslem Clouden has been appointed to
serve as a Special Ambassador with the three-month old Tillman Thomas government. Clouden
who is associated with GRENLAW Chambers on Church Street, St. George’s has been
appointed as ambassador to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “I am heartened and
I am pleased, and grateful to this government and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Peter
David), and the Prime Minister (Tillman Thomas) for affording me the opportunity to serve as
ambassador to the IMO,” an elated Clouden told local reporters on Monday. The IMO is an
international organisation that deals with all aspects of maritime activity on the high seas, and
within ports and harbours. Clouden who is specialised in maritime law sees his appointment as
being in line with his technical expertise. He spoke of having worked with the Canadian
Government in the area of maritime boundary delimitation, and as a coastal zone management
specialist with the Territorial Government of the United States Virgin Islands in 1981. According
to Clouden, while there he was commissioned to draft and implement the oil spill contingency
plan for St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. “I think I have been blessed to have been afforded
once again the opportunity to serve Grenada, albeit in a voluntary capacity,” he said. The local
IMO Ambassador said he will seek to bring to the organisation’s presence the lack of
deployment booms in the country’s inner and outer harbour. He said with the lack of trained
personnel to contain major oil spill, he will be working on that very aggressively. “I have a
passion for coastal zone and costal zone management, and it is my intention to introduce to the
appropriate ministry a draft costal zone management act and plan that would facilitate... costal
access to our beaches so that all beaches should be considered reserved Crown lands forming
part of the public domain,” he remarked. Clouden helped Thomas’ National Democratic
Congress (NDC) unseat the incumbent New National Party (NNP) in the campaign leading up to
the July 8 poll. He spoke on the platforms of Agriculture Minister, Michael Lett in St. David’s and
for Minister of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator George Prime on the two Sister
Isles. During the election campaign, Congress had pledged to settle Grenada’s maritime
boundary with the Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. According to Clouden, his new
ambassadorial position does not mandate him to try and settling the maritime boundary with the
two other regional countries. However, he said that he has some experience with the
delimitation of maritime boundaries, and is well suited to be part of a commission or a team to
settle Grenada’s maritime boundary. Following his inaugural visit to Trinidad in August, Prime
Minister Thomas announced that an agreement had been reached between Grenada and the
twin-island Republic at resolving the maritime boundaries. The two governments reportedly
agreed to set up a six-member commission to work towards resolving the maritime delimitation
by yearend.

				
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