Amnesty may pursue death row case at UN
Glen Ashby was hanged on Thursday morning, 15 minutes before an order issued by the Privy Council was being dictated to be faxed to Port of Spain. He had served just one month short of five years on death row; the Privy Council - which acts as the ultimate court of appeal for Trinidad and many other Commonwealth countries - last year introduced a standard whereby the execution of a death sentence after more than five years on death row was to be considered inhumane and should therefore not be carried out. Trinidad appears to have deliberately rushed through the hanging to beat the five-year mark.
There are 25 prisoners in Trinidad now approaching five years on death row. Dina Coloma, the Amnesty officer for Trinidad, told the Independent that the human rights body was 'looking at all possibilities' to take action against the authorities in Trinidad. These included raising the issue with the UN special rapporteur for summary executions and with the Inter-American court of human rights, as well as demanding an investigation by the Trinidadian government itself.
Ms Coloma said she was convinced the authorities had rushed through the execution to impress voters. The Minister of National Security, Russell Huggins, had practically declared open season on the defence lawyers of prisoners on death row. Ashby's lawyers had since been subjected to threats.
'If lawyers become too concerned to take cases like this in future, there will be whole strings of inmates on death row undefended,' she added.
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Mafia's wall of silence broken: Victim of Cosa Nostra's extortion rackets in its Corleone heartland co-operates with authorities for the first time ever
Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...