Former Cuban drug convict Raul Garcia could be heading back to the High Court as early as next week to start a fresh hearing on his new living accommodation, when he is freed from immigration detention.
When the substantive hearing on his continued detention ended last Wednesday, High Court judge, Margaret Reifer accepted Garcia’s lawyer David Comissiong’s submission that his client’s near three-year “incarceration” by immigration authorities was unlawful and he should therefore be released, pending deportation.
However, Justice Reifer had attached a condition to Garcia’s release.
She advised Comissiong that before his client could be released into the community, he had to prepare proposals on his alternative living arrangements and come back before her, so she could make a final determination on whether or not the proposals satisfied the court.
Comissiong told Barbados TODAY this morning that he had since submitted comprehensive proposals to the solicitor general on Monday afternoon to be discussed with the chief immigration officer.
“I have given them three days to get back to me with their comments and that ultimatum expires tomorrow,” the attorney pointed out.
He informed this newspaper that in any case, he intended to approach the judge on Friday for a date to hear the matter.
“I don’t think they (immigration officials and solicitor general) should have a problem with the proposals. They are comprehensive. But in any case, I will approach the judge by Friday for date,” he stated.
It is understood that a family was already standing by to take in Garcia upon his release.
By the middle of next month Garcia would have been in immigration detention for three years, after having served 20-year prison sentence on a drug conviction. (EJ)†