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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1990, Kingston, KingstonIndex no support or school of lecture 26 Opp. Across nation .10-11 Leisure milestones sports 17-21 want ads .22-23 Farmer s 24 building .26-28 c Independent 5 Farmer s weekly plan afoot to sell Cocoa lands 24 the Best dressed Chicken i hurry hurry moving up vol. Lvi no. 105 established 1834 Kingston Jamaica saturday May Twenty eight pages As plot unfolds. According to an article in the Miami Herald the Antigua arms scandal is a scriptwriter s dream. It paints a picture of intrigue push lie corruption gun running and powerful family political rivalries. On april 24. 1989. A shipment of israeli arms arrived in Antigua aboard else the of the Svenborg Enterprise Dinamarca shipping line consigned to a St John s address which later turned out to be fictitious. The shipment left Haifa. Israel under the pretext that it was for the Antigua defence Force. The army subsequently denied that it had ordered arms or ammunition from Israel. Colombian authorities while searching the Home of Gonsalo Rodriquez Gacho now deceased on february 2 this year found More than 200 of the weapons. The colombian authorities then contacted their israeli counterpart and last month received a reply from them stating that the weapons were sold to Antigua in 1989, according to a communication signed by the colombian defence minister. Relations on april 3, Colombia protested to Antigua through the Organiza Tion of american states since it has no diplomatic relations with Antigua. Meanwhile the rivalry Between the Bird Brothers has resurfaced with the arms scandal. Prime min ister Vierec. Bird snr., was reluctant to begin negotiations on the arms Deal but Lester Bird who is Deputy prime minister and min ister of foreign taken the initiative. He has threatened that he would Boycott Cabinet meetings until All antiguan linked to the scandal were sus Pended. Maurice safari a Melon Farmer and israeli businessman is implicated in the scandal and prime minister Bird has promised to seek safari s extradition with a View to press charges against it is believed that safari now resides in the United states. Bird further stated that there were breaches and irregularities of Custon s regu lations in processing the shipment of arms. However he declined to order a judiciary inquiry Lester Bird has set up Mitte which he Heads to investigate the matter. The coi Smittee feels that the investigation go higher than custom according to Lester the been he also said a Corn was for the antiguan defence the collaboration of several former Assis Tant. Attorney for the District of Colombia has been called in to assist with the investigations. Les tet Bird plans to visit Israel soon. Should further developments have re officers sealed that vere Bird jr., is in Ood revolved i the scandal and has Pute of Antigua and Barb Ida has subsequently resigned Relin that the que Ishing his ministerial duties until the investigations have concluded. Israeli government was misled in believing the shipment of arms hang them Knight for the first four months of 1989, the minister of National Security said there were 187 eases of murder 30 More than the 157 cases so far this year. Shootings declined from 415 cases for january to april last year to 381 so far this be said rape cases declined from 348 for the first four months of 1989, to 310 so far this year. K. D. Knight minister of National see Ity came out again yesterday in favour of hanging murder convicts. In a radio Call in programme or. Knight an attorney at Law restate4 position that any citizen who had committed murder and had been sentenced to hang has forfeited his right to y he referred to the num Ber of male murder convicts on death Row now 248 and said that no execution had taken place for the last three years a situation which May have contributed to the continued High incidence of murder. The last hanging on the Gallows of the St. Catherine District prison Spanish town was on february while the Law must take its course regarding the vices he said government was having discussions on decisions to be taken regarding men convicted As murder accomplices. Several months ago. Or r. Carl Rattray -q.c., minister of Justice and attorney general said the Cabinet was reviewing the question of hanging but to Date no decision has been announced according to Jam press on the suppression of crime act. Which is in Force Only in the Kingston St. Andrew St. Catherine anon Clarendon. Or. Knight said government s decision to work to Ward lifting the act in All parishes by the end of april was based on an Overall decline in shootings rapes and robberies Island wide. For the first four months of 1989, the minister of National Security said there were 187 cases of 30 More than the 157 cases so far this. Year. Shootings declined from 415 cases for january to april last year to 381 so far this year he said and rape cases declined from 348 for the first four months of 1989, to 310 so far this year or. Knight said that while there had been a general decrease in major criminal activities he was concerned that the level of crime was still intolerable. He said the police would continue to increase their presence in communities while his ministry would continue implementing poli cies to reduce crime. Ganja after convict held 25 years a Man who was on tie run for 25 years after the court of a peal upheld his cont Tion and four year prison term for posses Sion of Ganja was held last week by the police. He is Wilfred Moosic 55 of 6 Thompson drive Bull Bay St. Andrew. Moodie appeared in the Sut ton Street pm court or a charge of assault g actual bodily harm. After h s Finger prints were taken and tils Crimi Nal record was checked the police discovered that i had hot served his. Sentence. He was convicted in the port Maria. Court in 1965 of Possession of Ganja. Moodie appealed his conviction and sen tence and lost. The police Are now taking Steps to have Moodie serve the sentence. Courthouse in which Moodie was convicted was destroyed by fire some years ago and All the records destroyed. If the records of the Appeal or the commitment order cannot be found it is Likely that the police will have to release Moodie. K. D. Knight minister of National Security Manley makes ease att t u add Jamaica the National airline is laying off several casual and temporary workers and has already made some 30 permanent members of staff redundant. Disclosing this yesterday or. Mike Fennell president of air Jamaica said that As the staff re structuring continued at the National airline there was great demand for details of the restructuring. However if was not possible to announce details prior to advising and opening talks with persons by the reorganization he said. He disclosed however in a news release that the company was Lay ing off several casual and Tempo Rary workers and had also made some 30 permanent members of staff redundant. Or. Fennell said that every Effort was being made to ensure that employees were being offered alter native positions where available. Air Jamaica s restructuring pro gramme is being conducted on a timely basis so As not to dislocate of the airline and to ensure that employees can take advantage of the options being Offe or. Fennell said. By Gayle Young Washington d.c., May 4. Officials were preoccupied with events in Eastern Europe and prime minister Michael Manley had a bad Case of the flu. Notwithstanding these obstacles Jamaica stubbornly made its Case in Washington this week that the. Should not forget its feisty financially str aspect Demp Cractic Neighbour when it comes to doling out financial Aid this year. President George Bush members of Congress arid Treasury officials listened sympathetically to the always polite arguments a feverish or. Man Ley. They agreed with much of what he said praised Jamaica for its Strong democratic tradition and clucked sympathetically Over the Island s deep financial problems. But by Friday when or. Manley met with the. Press in a packed news conference there had been no Concrete promises and Little sub Stantial gain. "1 am satisfied an adequate Fol Low up proposal will be put into or. Manley said when a reporter asked what he has accomplished in his Mission to. Officials to find ways to solve the third world debt cry Sis. But he then hastened to add that nothing definite had been set up no decisions had been made. A member of the group of jamaican officials and business leaders who accompanied or. Manley to Washington put it this Way we not expecting much and we have not been disappointed in our. Sources say Jamaica like other that have had a Long Good Neighbour relationship with the Are fighting an Uphill Battle for Aid. New democracies in Eastern Europe Are crying out for support and America feels morally and historically bound to oblige. Many americans have their roots in Eastern Europe and feel very close kinship to the people who have suffered under communism land Are now struggling to create a Saida. State department official. At the same time Many. Officials feel bound to provide Aid to the new government in Panama and Nicaragua. Or. Manley said Friday he has heard these arguments and under stands them. We have looked at the immense pressure on the. To promote democracy in the world. Nicaragua and Panama they have got to be a primary claim on the he con ceded. What we Are saying is Don t finance them by diverting funds from i can t ask you to throw Money at our problems because i know it s not or. Manley told the american reporters. I am a Rea Ibert Flomond my sunday May 13 make mom feel really special with a gift that will last forever pendants Box with every Purchase of Jewele Rama v mom just thou she Stobe lie mall Spring Manor Centre 195 constant Spring Road. 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