Ashby Commission Convened in Aftermath of Trinidad Execution

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Tuesday, November 1, 1994
Bruce Zagaris
On August 21, 1994, a commission of inquiry opened into the legality of the execution of convicted murderer Glen Ashby in the early hours of July 14, 1994 in Trinidad & Tobago. The organizers, the Caribbean Rights (CR), Amnesty International (AI), and the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (OCCBA), convened the inquiry to determine four points: (1) whether the execution of Glen Ashby was legal (2) whether any impropriety was committed in the conduct of the proceedings, either by the lawyers involved in the matter or by officials; (3) whether the state had been guilty of harassing lawyers acting for condemned persons in Trinidad & Tobago; and (4) whether the Government of Trinidad & Tobago is in breach of any of its obligations under international law...(more)