Grenada judge blocks coup convict from legal bar
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — One of 17 men convicted of killing Grenada’s prime minister in a bloody 1983 coup that triggered a U.S. invasion is being blocked from the Caribbean island’s legal bar.
Justice Margaret Price-Findley ruled Thursday that ex-army officer Ewart Layne should be barred from the profession because of his conviction. He was freed from prison in 2009. Layne says he will appeal the ruling.
Layne was part of the “Grenada 17,” the group arrested for the killings of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, four Cabinet ministers and six supporters on Oct. 19, 1983.
Grenada became a flash point in the Cold War after Bishop led a bloodless coup in 1979 and installed a Marxist government. Bishop was killed by a firing squad after a radical faction staged a coup four years later.