June 17, 1998 |
For decades, Ramesh Maharaj carefully crafted his image as the father of human rights in this remote corner of the Caribbean. A prominent defense attorney, he spent a week in prison in the course of defending a client's rights in 1975. He created Trinidad and Tobago's first human rights commission more than a decade ago. And he was known as a leading death-house lawyer who deftly exploited every legal loophole and avenue for appeal to keep convicted killers from the hangman's noose.