Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Grenada
Report on certain political events
which occurred in Grenada 1976-1991

VOLUME ONE

PART 6

Section 1:

TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE OF WITNESSES

WITNESS ONE

WITNESS ONE of Fontenoy, St. George, came before the Commission on October 9th, 2002. According to his testimony, he was detained by the People's Revolutionary Government on June 1st, 1981 until September 16th, 1981. He was first placed in a barbwire cell at Fort Rupert with other detainees. According to this witness, he was beaten and tortured for about a week and a half. He was beaten on the chest with a gun butt, was handcuffed with his hand in the air for hours. On one occasion during his detention, he received no food for two days, and was not allowed to bathe for two days.

He was eventually taken to the Richmond Hill prison on September 15th, 1981 and released the following day, September 16th. He said that he was told that a mistake was made by bringing him to prison.

When he was asked by one Commissioner, what reason was given for his detention, he said they told him subversion and conspiracy with others to overthrow the People's Revolutionary Government. He was also accused of bringing in arms through the Post Office. At the time of his detention, he was an employee of the General Post Office. He denied the accusations. Before his release, he said he was told,

We thought that you were the one importing arms through the General Post Office

This witness is seeking some form of compensation for his many losses during his detention. As he said,

I lost much during my detention. I was put out of bread and butter, and was never compensated.

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