Wayne Munroe is up to his tricks again. After allegedly confirming that the Cubans, who were tortured and beaten at the Detention Centre, will be unable to testify, the tricky lawyer is telling the press that he wishes they could.
That sounds good and it make it appear that Mr Munroe wants a fair trial. But wise members of the legal community know better.
The RBDF officers are accused of abusing Cuban detainees after some of them attempted to escape from the facility four months ago.
Munroe told the press that the Cubans who have accused the five Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers should return to the country to bring evidence or else the officers would have no case to answer, attorney Wayne Munroe said.
But Munroe knows damn well that the Cubans will never be allowed to leave Cuba, that’s why the Bahamas government scurried them back to Cuba before the allegations could be substantiated.
Even if the Cuban government did allow the victims to return to The Bahamas, the Bahamian government will make sure that doesn’t happen.
“They have to bring these Cubans, they would have to if they are the ones who claimed something happened to them,” Munroe craftily told The Nassau Guardian.
“But they have to give live testimony and if they are having difficulties with starting, it may be because they can’t get them. And I wouldn’t be surprised at that because it’s easy to talk foolishness until you have to be questioned over it.”
Mr Munroe is making it look like it is the Cuban victims themselves who are unwilling to return to The Bahamas to testify. But that is not true. It is the government of Cuba and the Bahamian government who are making sure the Cubans can’t tell their side of the story.
A RBDF report into the allegations includes statements from one of the marines interviewed as part of the initial investigation.
According to one of the marines, Cuban detainees were beaten at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for nearly two hours after they tried to escape, and one appeared to have briefly passed out.
In that report, a marine also reported that detainees were sprayed with pepper spray after the beatings.
Munroe said his clients deny the allegations.