Karl Hudson-Phillips QC dies in London

Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, of Trinidad and Tobago.
AP Photo/Dusan Vranic
AP Photo/Dusan Vranic

Tributes continue to pour in from the Caribbean for the late Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, of Trinidad and Tobago who died recently in his sleep at his son’s home in London.

Hudson-Phillips, 80, an advocate, practiced extensively in the English-speaking Caribbean. He has appeared in major trials involving both civil and criminal trials and was a former judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

He has practiced in all of the States of the Eastern Caribbean in addition to Jamaica and Guyana.

He was elected a Member of Parliament in 1966 and in December l969, he was appointed Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago and held that post until September 1973, when he resigned. Also in this capacity he was associated with the dreaded Public Order Act, which was proposed by the People’s National Movement government in response to the Black Power riots and the Army Mutiny of l970.

In 1980, he founded the Organization for National Reconstruction (NAR) party. Hudson-Phillips was also the lead counsel against 19 persons charged with the murder of Grenada Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and members of the Revolutionary Government in 1983 in Grenada. They were all convicted and sentenced to death, which was later commuted to life imprisonment.

He was awarded the Order of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his sterling contribution to law.

He will be buried next week.

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