Caribbean Report 13-03-2002

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2. There continues to be strong government reaction against the decision of the British Privy Council to outlaw mandatory death sentences in OECS countries. Jamaican Prime Minister, Percival Patterson denounces the ruling while the Attorney General of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, says it is time to take decisive action on Barbados’s future with the Privy Council. Former Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Carl Hudson-Phillips comments. Bertram Niles reports (00:29-02:29)
3. Jamaican police seek a man accused of killing six people in revenge for the slaying of his father. Authorities identify the suspect as Oshane Ellis from the Parish of Saint Catherine on the outskirts of Kingston (02:30-02:53)
4. The Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Glenda Morean raises concern about the US policy on the deportation of criminals with U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft during a Meeting of Hemispheric Justice Ministers in Port of Spain. Caribbean Foreign Ministers recently discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell complaining that deportees are dumped here with no links in the Caribbean and contribute to the rising crime. Tony Fraser reports (02:54-05:18)
5. Two OECS countries, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia pass legislation to encourage hassle-free travel. Saint Lucia, however is not opening up its doors to all members of the OECS family but Saint Vincent and the Grenadines signal its strong commitment to the process and has become one of the first OECS governments to shelf the alien land holding licence thereby making it easier for non-Vincentians from the sub-region to purchase land there (05:19-06:01)
6. Meanwhile, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony (speaker) makes his administration’s position clear during passage of the immigration amendments in the house of assembly. It won’t allow freedom of movement to OECS nationals whose governments do not support the initiative, however removal of work permits is a more complex requiring involvement of civil society but Opposition Leader Marius Wilson (speaker) retorts. Pete Ninvalle reports (06:02-08:44)
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