Alister Hughes 20th February, 1975
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Cui'ONER'S INLCUIRY INTO BISHOP'S DEATH
The Coronar's Inquiry into the death of the late Rupert Oishop
opened before Magistrate L G St.Louis in the Magistrate's Court
in St. George's on Friday February 14th.
Rupert Dishop, who was a prominent St. George's businessman and
father of ir Maurice Bishop, Joint Organising Secretary of the
New Jewel Movement, is alleged to have met his death as the
result of a bullet wound inflicted on January 21st 1974 when an
anti-Government demonstration was attacked by Regular Police and
The first witness to give evidence was Assistant Superintendent
of Police (\,SP) Adonis Francis, the Head of the Criminal
Invastination Department. Mr Francis said when he arrived
on the Carenage near to Otway House at about 12.45PM on the day
in question, he saw a parked truck loaded with soft drinks about
100 yards away from Otway House, and about 50 men in civilian
clothes between Otway House and the truck. Between the Truck
and Otway House, there was a quantity of broken bottles.
A S P Francis said he heard bawling from inside Otway House and
afterwards he saw women and children looking through the windows
towards the street. Some of the children were attempting to
jump through the window, but he stopped them and said, "take it
easy, come down through the main door".
Mr Francis said he then escorted a number of children from
upstairs to the street and, after the children, journalist
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and that, in the years between, these lists must be revised
annually and that this revision must begin on February 1st and
be completed by March 31st.
To'date, no steps have been taken to do this revision this year
and ir Blaize has pointed this out to the Supervisor of Elections
and has further pointed out that, according to Grenada's
Independence Constitution, the vote is given to persons 18 years
old and over.
Interviewed at his home in Carriacou, the is and dependency of
Grenada, Mr Blaize said he has received a reply from Mr John
stating that, prior to the receipt of Mr Blaize's letter, the
matter had been discussed with the Governor General and the
Minister responsible for such matters and that "it is the
intention of the Supervisor of Elections that the Lists of
Electors which would include persons attaining the age of 18 years
will begin shortly and be completed by 31st March 1975"
Mr fjlaize pointed out, however, that the statutory requirements
for this revision demand a proclamation to be made, time for
adding new names to the lists, time for claims to be made for
addition, time for objection to claims, time for publication of
the lists, and other stipulations set out in the law, all of which
require that the process must be started on February 1st if it
is to be completed by March 31st as required by law.
The Leader of the Opposition said that since 1968, the Government
had not been doing the statutory annual revision of the Lists of
Electors and that there were hundreds of people who were entitled
to be included. Mr Blaize intends to raise this matter at
the next meeting of Parliament.
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Mr Watson disclosed that he had obtained 16,000 doses of Polio
vacc.in, for use locally, but the donor required as a prerequisite,
that legislation be introduced making it compulsory for the pre-
school child to be innoculated before entry into school.
Mr Watson said that the Grenada Cabinet was willing to accept the
vaccirin, but refused to pass the required legislation as had
been done in Trinidad and Barbados.
"Thu germs are in this area", said Mr 'Watson, "and it would be
difficult to see how Grenada will escape such an outbreak".
Arising from this, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Herbert Blaize,
has tabled a question for the next Meeting of the House of
Representatives. Directed to the Minister of Health, Mr Blaize
wants to know whether an offer of Polio vaccine was made to
Governm-nt, the terms of the offer, how long ago was the offer
made, and, if the offer has not yet been accepted, what steps are
being taken for acceptance. A similar question has been tabled
by Senator Dunstan B Cromwell for the meeting of the Senate
scheduled for Saturday 22nd February.
VOTE FUii 18 YEEA-l OLDS
The question of the vote for Grenada's 18 year olds has again been
revived as a result of a letter written to the Supervisor of
Elections, Mr Ernest John, by the Leader of the Opposition,
Mr Herbert Blaize.
According to the Electorial Laws of Grenada, there is a statutory
requirement that an enumeration of voters be done every five years
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Alister Hughes came down the steps. Hughes appeared to be
hysterical and, when he was about 4 faet away he said, "Adonis,
I am afraid they are going to beat me". Mr Francis said he
reassured Hughes and let him away from the scene.
On his return to Otway House, Mr Francis said he was told by
Inspector .;aymond that Rupert Bishop was lying at the top of the
stairs and appeared to be injured. Investigating this report,
Mr Francis said he found Bishop lying on his stomach, face
downwar:ds and that the front of his shirt was wet with blood.
The only other witness to give evidence so far is Inspector
Cosmos Raymond who was on the scene together with A S P Francis.
Legal appearances in this matter are iessrs Lloyd Noel and
Kenrick for Mrs Alementa Bishop, widow of the late Rupert Bishop,
while the Attorney General's office is represented by the
Solicitor General, Mr Nolan Jacobs and MIr L St. Paul.
Further hearing has been adjourned until February 28th.
POLIO VACCINE REFUSED ?
A statement published recently in the local press by a PAHOA/.iH
official will soon have its repercussions in both the Grenada
House of Rupresentatives and the Senate.
Addressing a Rotary luncheon late in January, Mr Stewart Watson
who is now completing his tour of duty here as a PAHO/WHO officer,
said he was "disgusted" with the Grenada Government's reluctance
to take the necessary precautions to avoid an outbreak of polio.