18th December 06
Further to your article, titled, “
Mr Campbell stated that, “In 1983 Maurice Bishop, the socialist Prime Minister of Grenada, was killed during a coup, along with 10 others, following a violent split within his party. The Deputy Prime Minister, Bernard Coard, Bishop's childhood friend turned rival, declared himself Prime Minister”.
The above statement is untrue. The prosecution at the trial of the
Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that Bernard Coard resigned from government several days before Bishop had been killed; also, he had been so upset by the rift between them, as well as the vicious rumor which led to the crisis, that he planned to leave
It was after the tragic death of the popular Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, and in the absence of a functioning government, that the army stated via a radio broadcast that they would hold power for a maximum of fourteen days, while a broad-based civilian government was being formed with the assistance of the Governor General. None of the members of the People's Revolutionary Government were to be part of the new government.
There is much evidence that, after the
What should also be remembered is that the
Many of the facts about the scandalous judicial case against the 17, which has turned out to be the most expensive in
The invading forces led by the
Amnesty International and the Grenadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission have recently expressed concerns about the judicial process of the 17 and stated that it was "manifestly unfair" on numerous grounds. Also, Edward Fitzgerald QC, at the Privy Council hearing around "Matters of the Constitution", concluded in one of his submissions last week that there was “a denial of justice and a denial of protection of law”.
Therefore, what was written by Mr. Campbell was inaccurate, and I feel it would only be appropriate for your paper to acknowledge the errors, as your readers have been misinformed.