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Bahamas: Further information on fear of imminent execution and new concern: death penalty

, Index number: AMR 14/002/1998

Roger Chad Goodman, Anatole Mcquay, Sean Poitier and Alexander Williams: These individuals, scheduled to be hanged on 13 January 1998, have all received reprieves as a result of legal action taken on their behalf. Executions cannot now take place until fresh warrants are issued.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 14/02/98
14 January 1998
Further information on EXTRA 03/98 (AMR 14/01/98, 8 January 1998) - New
concern: Death Penalty
BAHAMASRoger Chad GOODMAN
Anatole MCQUAY
Sean POITIER
Alexander WILLIAMS
Roger Chad Goodman, Anatole McQuay, Sean Poitier and Alexander Williams,
scheduled to be hanged on 13 January 1998, have all received reprieves as a
result of legal action taken on their behalf.
Execution of any of the four men cannot now take place until fresh warrants
are issued.
It is reported that notice of the intention of Roger Chad Goodman and Anatole
McQuay to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) has
been given. Additionally, petitions to a Bahamanian court and the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have been filed on behalf
of Sean Poitier and Alexander Williams.
In light of the above, no further action is necessary until further notice.
Thank you to all those who sent appeals.

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