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Let the law take its course

Published: Sep 04, 2013

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Dear Editor,

Regarding the dispute between Cuban immigrants in Miami, Florida and the question of truth surrounding the allegations of abuse at the detention center on Carmichael Road.

Firstly, we are a country that believes in upholding the laws of our land.

Secondly, these laws have laid out the steps that must be followed when a complaint is made regarding any matter for which the complainant may feel aggrieved.

Thirdly, based on these facts then, the case ought not be tried or adjudicated in the media, whether local or foreign.

Fourthly, any matter that has to do with a foreign national or nationals, that particular country has a diplomatic representative through which the collaborations initially should take place.

Fifthly, I do not know what political authority the group of Cubans in Miami has as it relates to these matters, given that the detainees left Cuba with little to no legal documentation.

Consequently, and if their destination was Miami, it is safe to conclude that they would have arrived there as immigrants violating the sovereignty of yet another foreign country.

What right do they have under any laws to do so? I ask this question, can any Bahamian violate the sovereignty of Cuba and get away with it?

Of course not. There would be swift and severe consequences.

In my estimation any and all discussions on these matters are between the Cuban government in Havana and the government of the Islands of The Bahamas, and not the Cuban government of Miami.

The Bahamas owes no explanation to a group — any group of Cubans — whether they be from the legislature in Miami, Florida or otherwise.

For the sake of clarity, if any wrongdoing is proven on our side let the law take its course. On the other hand, if it is proven that it was all an elaborate scheme or some sham, then the legal authority in The Bahamas knows what to do.

I decry pointing the finger because it can get ugly. Perhaps the time has come for the government to have its lawyers take a second look at the bombing of the ill-fated H.M.B.S. Flamingo by the crews of the two Cuban fighter planes on May 10, 1980.

This unprovoked ‘Act of War’ left our four Bahamian marines dead — Fenrick Andy Sturrup, David Allison Tucker, Edward Arnold Williams and Austin Rudolph Smith — and four families and a country devastated.

I say to the Honorable Frederick A. Mitchell, M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Sir, please be assured that the Bahamian people fully support you and your mission, consequently, we are praying for you.

— Frank Gilbert

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