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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 7 years ago

why did Queen Elizabeth sign the death warrant of Michael X in Trinidad in 1975 ?

Whilst the Queen cannot sign death warrants in this country as we have no death penalty she is able to do so in some colonies through the judicial authority of the Privy Council.(And has done so on several occasions I believe). Michael X was convicted of murder although the case against him was a bit dubious. He'd asked for a stay of execution whilst an appeal went through but his execution went ahead before the appeals process could be expedited. Why did our Queen not let him appeal?

Update:

Sir Roy K.G., I imagine any jury in Trinidad would be made up of people from Trinidad, not Jamaicans.

My point was that our Queen showed little mercy by not allowing him to at least make an appeal.

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  • 7 years ago
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    He was found Guilty,end of story .And wasn't it a jury of fellow Jamaicans who found him guilty ?

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  • 4 years ago

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    Source(s): Criminal Records Search Database : http://CriminalRecords.raiwi.com/?uPOj
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  • 7 years ago

    Michael X was found guilty of hacking to death Joseph Skerritt and Gale Benson. On the morning of 2 January 1972 a group of men including Michael X took Benson out for a walk. Arriving at a hole in the ground they started digging until it was about four feet deep. One of the men turned to Benson and asked, "What do you think this is for?" She shrugged, and the man replied, "This is a fresh hole for decomposed bodies". They pushed her in, two of the men attacking her with a cutlass, badly wounding Benson in the chest and throat. She was buried alive, some of the men jumping on the soil to keep her down until she succumbed. The autopsy later found inhaled dirt in her lungs. --Wikipedia

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  • nosdda
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    It was the Govenor General of Trinidad, who signed the Warrant, not the Queen.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Tough luck there then and another waste of space wasted.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    He would be during life in prison in the apple of the UK.

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  • owain
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    He was black.

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