Tuesday, June 26, 2007
In Grenada, the lead prosecutor in the re-sentencing hearing of the "Grenada 13", has asked the court to deliver a life sentence or consecutive fixed term sentences for the now 13 men being tried for the murder of Former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and several other victims during the fatal events of a 1983 military uprising in that Eastern Caribbean isle. Christopher Nelson, Grenadas Director of Public Prosecutions, said the victims were all killed in cold blood by Callistus Bernard also known as Abdullah, when they had already surrendered. Nelson reminded the court that one of the victims Jacqueline Creft was shown no mercy when she gunned down, 7 months pregnant by Abdullahs men. In graphic detail, Nelson used evidence to show that Callistus Bernard shot Maurice Bishop once in the head, then later opened fire on him after he fell to the ground. The other victims met a similar fate from the two PKM machine guns and a submachine gun used by Bernards men. Their bodies were then dumped, burned and buried.