Caribbean Report 27-03-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. Jamaica’s opposition leader, Edward Seaga refuses to apologise to National Security Minister Peter Phillips for claiming that a special police squad is being trained to disrupt his JLP campaign for the next elections. Mr. Seaga’s statement is not in keeping with the bipartisan Crime Committee (00:28-03:56)
3. Guyana is hoping to sign agreements with the British delegation to the UK/CARICOM Forum led by Foreign Minister Jack Straw, on prisoner exchange and air services - to facilitate Guyanese export to Europe and tourism. Guyana’s Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ronald Gajraj tells us how the countries will deal with differences in prison sentences. Colin Smith reports (03:57-06:00)
4. The Florida Supreme Court rules that Trinidad born British citizen, businessman and death row prisoner, Krishna Maharaj, convicted of a double murder of two associates should be re-sentenced to life in prison. Former Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General and brother of Krishna Maharaj, Ramesh Maharaj, appeared as a witness. Ken Richards reports (06:01-08:16)
5. Following arrests in Trinidad of two former government ministers for corruption, police question Leader of the United National Congress Basdeo Panday, former Prime Minister, in connection with a decision made by his government before the December 2000 elections. Former Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Ramesh Maharaj thinks progress is slow. Karen Weir speaks with Tony Fraser (08:17-11:01)
6. The outgoing Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Chairman, Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, explains why he is calling for the Regional Security System (RSS) to assume new responsibilities including policing the financial systems in the Caribbean. Security is one of the key topics at a meeting of OECS leaders in Grenada. Dr. Mitchell talks with Karen Weir. (11:02-13:41)
7. In New York, Federal Prosecutors indict on perjury charges, Charles Schwarz, a former police officer awaiting retrial in the 1997 torture of a Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima. Acting Director of the National Coalition of Haitians in New York, Dina Paul-Parks says they are happy with this turn of events. Bertram Niles reports (13:42-15:29)