Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part I

Incidents of Infringements of Constitutional Rights

Paragraph 15 - I. Alister Hughes

15. On the 27th of May, 1973, Alister Hughes, a well known journalist and radio broadcaster in the Eastern Caribbean attended at Pearls Airport when the Hon. E.M. Gairy, then Premier of Grenada, was expected to arrive from London where he had gone for Independence talks with the British Government. Mr. Hughes was assaulted, severely manhandled and ejected from the airport by a group of men, none of whom he knew. (In this connection see Medical Report of Dr. Gittens- Appendix 2) [Not available for inclusion on this web site].

The regular police who were present and saw what was happening took no steps whatever to protect Mr. Hughes, in spite of his appeal to them for help. Mr. Hughes reported the matter to Mr. Mervyn Barrow, who was then Commissioner of Police, the following day, personally and in writing. Mr. Barrow promised to investigate the complaint.

The very next day Mr. Hughes' home was searched by the police for firearms and two antique unserviceable firearms and part of the breech mechanism of an old 12 gauge shot-gun removed from his private museum. The articles were subsequently returned to Mr. Hughes.

On the 28th June Mr. Hughes was informed by the Commissioner of Police that he was unable to obtain evidence to bring a successful prosecution before the Court. Mr. Hughes said that for a long time he was "persona non grata" with the Government.

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