'Imprisoned for 26 Years: In Conversation with Selwyn Strachan'
Thursday 8 May 2014, 18:30 - 20:00
Senate House, University of London, WC1E 7HU.
Having spent nearly 26 years (9444 days) imprisoned, on Saturday 5 September 2009 Selwyn Strachan was released from Richmond Hill Prison on the Caribbean island of Grenada.
As part of the 'Grenada 17' Selwyn had been convicted for his alleged role in the violent killing of eight people including Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
Sentenced to hang, Selwyn spent 5 years on death-row and was allegedly subjected to both physical and psychological torture.
Prior to his incarceration Selwyn Strachan had twice stood for election against Prime Minister Eric Gairy and was a lead and founder member of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) that was responsible for the Commonwealth Caribbean's only successful revolution.
As a leading minister in the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) Selwyn addressed the United Nations General Assembly and regularly represented his government abroad. However, internal divisions and United States (US) opposition eventually led to a US military intervention in Grenada and the collapse of the PRG.
During his years of incarceration, a worldwide campaign sought Selwyn's release from prison. Amnesty International declared Selwyn a political prisoner stating that his arrest had been a miscarriage of justice, his trial as 'fatally flawed' and demanded a judicial review or his immediate release. South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu had also appealed to the Grenadian government for clemency.
In 'Imprisoned for 26 Years: In Conversation with Selwyn Strachan', Selwyn will discuss many of the rumours concerning the events and talk about the Revolution, US opposition, the aftermath, his imprisonment, the future and any regrets. Selwyn will also answer audience questions.
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