Caribbean Report 14-02-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. The High Court in Grenada orders the release of three of the seventeen people jailed for the murder of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop but the government immediately seeks a stay of execution of the order from Justice Brian Alleyne. Lou Smith reports (00:27-03:19)
3. In London a court convicts four men and a fifth pleads guilty to drug smuggling charges for sailing a 1.3 billion dollar cocaine consignment to Britain from the Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (03:20-03:54)
4. British Member of Parliament, Diane Abbott, says it will be wrong for the British government to impose visa restrictions on Jamaicans entering Britain. The Home Office is yet to comment on London press reports that it is considering the move as part of measures to stem an inflow of cocaine and guns from Jamaica and violent crime by Yardie gangs (03:55-06:52)
5. Police in north Florida stop two sons of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley for speeding and arrest them on Marijuana possession charges (06:53-07:24)
6. A group of Commonwealth off-shore tax centres write to the OECD seeking a commitment that its tax guidelines apply to its own members as well, as four of the OECD’s member states are refusing to back the organisation’s tax initiative. Lynette Eastman, Director of the Barbados-based International Tax Investment Organisation (ITIO) and the Director of International Business in Barbados explains why Barbados will be removed from a tax haven blacklist ahead of the mounting deadline (07:25-10:31)
7. Trinidad and Tobago is functioning without a Parliament and we hear the view of the country’s two political leaders - Basdeo Panday and Patrick Manning - on what has been happening as Tony Fraser reports (10:32-13:17)
8. In Guyana a parliamentary impasse is preventing the appointment of supervisors and managers in the public service. Constitutional changes were enacted to give the opposition a key role in the composition of three oversight commissions, but the parliamentary parties have failed to reach an agreement on this. Cabinet Secretary, Roger Luncheon, tells Colin Smith the government is considering legal advice to break the gridlock and Executive Member of the Opposition and Lance Carberry, says his party feels the government is deliberately resisting the implementation of any constitutional reforms (13:18-15:30)