October 14, 1988 |
The last step toward putting Grenada's recent bloody past to rest is being played out with an agonizing deliberation that some see as a metaphor for the gentle island nation's halting return to democracy. In a sweltering courtroom where the local Lions Club used to meet, 13 men and one woman who were once the Marxist elite here are appealing their sentences to be hanged for the executions of 11 comrades, including their longtime revolutionary leader, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
January 22, 1989
Prime Minister Herbert Blaize was ousted as leader of Grenada's ruling New National Party during a party convention vote and replaced by his longtime critic, Keith Mitchell, the minister of communications and works. The election of Mitchell means he will be the prime minister of the Caribbean island nation if the centrist party wins in elections due by December. Mitchell, 43, has regularly criticized Blaize for making major decisions without consulting his Cabinet.
June 29, 1989 |
A high-ranking police official went on a shooting rampage at police headquarters here Wednesday morning, killing Grenada's acting commissioner and a U.S. diplomat from Southern California and wounding two high-ranking officers before he was killed by police. State Department officials in Washington said the slain diplomat, John Angelo Butler, 33, was killed while trying to subdue the gunman, identified as Grafton Bascombe. Butler was the political officer at the U.S. Embassy in St. George's, the capital of this Caribbean island nation.
August 16, 1991 |
The government has commuted the death sentences of 14 people condemned for killing Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in the 1983 coup ended by the U.S.-led invasion. Prime Minister Nicholas Brathwaite went on live government television to say his government is "committed to reconciliation and Grenadians should now regard this as the closing of one chapter and the opening of another." The terms were commuted to life in prison.
January 14, 2000 |
Where is the body of Maurice Bishop? That is Grenada's most haunting and enduring Cold War mystery--and has been since the legendary leftist prime minister was brutally executed, along with about a dozen supporters, in a 1983 government upheaval that triggered the Reagan administration's invasion of this remote Caribbean isle. The invading American troops rounded up and jailed 17 soldiers and insurrection leaders for the killings. But to this day, U.S.
September 2, 2000 |
The yearlong body hunt is over for Andre Bierzinski, Valentino Sawney Jr. and the 42 other Young Leaders of 2000. When the two 16-year-olds and their classmates head back to school next week for their final year at the Presentation Brothers College prep school here, pathology, forensics and the case Bierzinski calls "Grenada's X-Files" will be replaced by basic chemistry, biology and advanced math.