Caribbean Report 22-02-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:29)
2. Parents of murdered Jamaican teenager Stephen Laurence received a preview of a report on their son’s death. British Affairs correspondent Dominic Hughes reports on some of the findings of the official enquiry. Recommendations include reform of the police disciplinary system, police disciplined under the Race Religion Act in which they are currently exempt and officers found guilty of racist conduct would face immediate dismissal. Head of the Commission for Racial Equality Herman Ouseley believes the report is a chance for a fresh start in the police service. British Home Secretary Jack Straw and other legislators address the issue. Debbie Ransome reports on how the high profile Stephen Lawrence case has moved into the media spotlight (00:30 – 08:08)
3. Guyana opposition leader Desmond Hoyte is adamant that his party the People National Congress will not take part in CARICOM brokered peace accord talks with the ruling government. Political scientist Freddie Kissoon comments on the negative effects on suspension of the dialogue. Correspondent Colin Smith reports on the political dispute and the likely effects on the political process. (08:09 – 10:33)
4. In Montserrat a judge has handed down judgment for twelve men in the Barclays Bank Heist which took place in 1998. Keith Stone Greaves report (10: 34 - 11:16)
5. The political impasse which has been hampering the distribution of millions of dollars in international aid for Haiti is dragging on with no resolution in sight between the reigning President Rene Preval and opposition parties. UWI professor J. Michael Dash speaks on the length of the impasse and the possibility of an early resolution (11:17 -13:13)
6. The West Indies Cricket Board will meet in Antigua to conduct a postmortem on the disastrous test series between West Indies and Australia under the captaincy of Brian Lara. Antigua sports journalist Jack Matthew reports on the test series (13:14 – 15:25)