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Final decision reached to send Raul Garcia home

Bitter sweet is the feeling Raul Garcia is feeling tonight.

That’s because for the first time since 1986 he is heading home.

Raul Garcia (left) chatting with a man during September 3 commemoration event.

Raul Garcia (left) chatting with a man during September 3 commemoration event.

This evening Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados reported that the Government of Barbados and the Government of the Republic of Cuba had reached a successful conclusion in the negotiations to have Garcia repatriated to Cuba.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY via telephone he said that on one hand he felt good but on the other he was extremely sad.

”I am feeling good because I am going home but I am going to miss Barbados. I have been here for many years and along the way I have met so many good people and we became close they are like family. I have received tremendous support from the public so it will be sad to leave,” he said.

The NIFCA award winner said he still did not know the exact date of return but he was mostly looking forward to seeing family and just sitting, relaxing and enjoying them on his arrival to Cuba.

In a news release issued through the Government Information Servic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the negotiations for Garcia’s repatriation have been ongoing since the Barbados Foreign Ministry wrote to the Cuban Embassy on October 15, last year, requesting assistance with his return to that island. On December 12, the Cuban Foreign Ministry replied that he did not qualify for repatriation to Cuba under its laws. However, on January 14, 2013, a new Immigration regime took effect in Cuba, with significant changes in the categories of people eligible for repatriation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, wrote her Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, on February 12, again requesting that Garcia be accepted, in light of the immigration amendments, the release stated. Regular follow-up discussions between the Foreign Ministry and the Cuban Embassy finally resulted in a bilateral meeting between the two Foreign Ministers on Friday, September 6, in Grenada, in which the matter was resolved and a process outlined for the repatriation of Garcia.

Via the release this evening the Ministry expressed appreciation to the Government of Cuba for the successful resolution.

Garcia was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for more than 20 years on a drug related offence. (KC)

7 Responses to Final decision reached to send Raul Garcia home

  1. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral September 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

    What as the Nation of Barbados learned from this saga…….deport them straight from the airport…no trial, no jail time…just a cheffette all beef, a glass of water…no bathroom time…and right back on the plane.

    • Prince Nick
      Prince Nick September 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      they better send him d bill for his stay

    • J.C. P.
      J.C. P. September 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Then Barbados would be in the news for not stopping drugs from passing through Barbados airport. The the airport get downgrade again.

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Ok now send his u know what packing,don’t care about him good friggin riddance.

  3. Michelle Russell
    Michelle Russell September 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    bye BYE

  4. raul garcia September 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Dear brother i paid something more valuable than money to this country and that is 19 years of blood sweat blood and tears with respect to the decision of the court the rules of the prison and the integrity of this society by recognising my mistake, I hope that you feel the same way and do what is best for your country and your people .

    Around 3 months ago I requested, on my own in consultation with my attorney for my repatriation to the country of my birth-Cuba.
    Due to the restrictions impose upon me by the court, eg.- no imployment, curfews, and no identifications, I was not aloud to start a new life of my own in Barbados. As the consequence I decided to write a letter to the Cuban Gov. and the result was a positive reply.

  5. Wizzie September 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    We must remember that all have sin and come short of the glory of God, they are Bajans who committed crimes and are feeding on tax payers too .The Gentleman committed the crime and he did the time let us forgive him and move on..


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