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Hudson-Phillips was lead counsel in the Grenadian
murder trials resulting from the assassination of
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in October 1983.
Among his successful prosecutions were those of
Naresh Boodram, Joey Ramiah and Michael "Rat"
Maharaj for the murders of Anthony "Tooks"
Greenidge and Stephen "Bulls" Sandy.
He led the defence for Seeromani Maraj-
Naraynsingh, who was accused of wanting Dr
Chandra Naraynsingh, wife of Prof Vijay
Maraj-Naraynsingh is Prof Naraynsingh's second
The professor, Maraj-Naraynsingh and San
Fernando businessman Elton Ramasir went on trial
for Chandra's murder.
Again in his role as a defence attorney, Hudson-
Phillips represented former government Minister
Dhanraj Singh, who was described as the
mastermind in the shooting death of UNC councillor
Hansraj Sumairsingh. Singh, who was acquitted, died
He also led the prosecution's case in the
preliminary inquiry into murder charges brought
against 11 men charged for the murder of Xtra Foods
CEO Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.
Hudson-Phillips was selected to lead the State's
murder and treason case against the Jamaat al
Muslimeen before they were pardoned by the then
acting President Emmanuel Carter.
While he was attorney general, he prosecuted
Abdul "Michael X" Malick for the Arima murder of
British socialite Gail-Ann Benson.
In February 2003, Hudson-Phillips was elected to
the first ever bench of International Criminal Court
As "dean of the judges," he chaired the first
meetings of judges before the election of the
presidency. He also contributed actively to the
drafting of the regulations of the court. He resigned
from the court for personal reasons on March 14,
He read law at Selwyn College, Cambridge and in
1959 he was called to the bar at Gray's Inn, London.
He returned to T&T, where he established a
distinguished legal practice and was appointed
Queen's Counsel in 1970.
Hudson-Phillips was a PNM MP from 1966 to
1976, and between 1969 and 1973 he served as
attorney general and minister of legal affairs. He was
associated with the notorious Public Order Act,
which was proposed by the PNM government in
response to the Black Power riots and army mutiny
For his hand in this law, he was immortalised in
the song Ah Fraid Karl in 1972 by the Dr Hollis
"Mighty Chalkdust" Liverpool.
In 1973 he fell out of favour with Prime Minister
Eric Williams, whom he planned to challenge as
In 1974 Hudson-Phillips founded the National Land
Tenants and Ratepayers' Association. In 1981 his
Organisation for National Reconstruction (ONR),
which he had founded in 1980, contested the 1981
general election, but did not win a single seat despite
getting the second-highest number of votes.
The ONR formed an accommodation with the
National Alliance to contest the 1983 local
government elections and merged with it to form
the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR).
The NAR won 33 of the 36 seats in the 1986
general election, but Hudson-Phillips played no
further role in the party. See Pages A7, A10 and A11
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Former chief justice Sat Sharma said
yesterday said he was "absolutely flabber-
gasted" by Hudson-Phillips death.
"A former judge called me this morning
(yesterday) to tell me my very good friend
had died. I cannot believe it ... I still cannot
believe it now, because when I last spoke
to him he was fine. He was in excellent
health," Sharma added.
Saying he had spoken to Hudson-Phillips
some three weeks ago, Sharma said Hud-
son-Phillips was seeking information about
he book he was writing.
"I would call the book an autobiography
and he promised to give me a copy when
he had finished it," Sharma recalled. "I
don t think he would have completed it,
because he wanted to find out information
about events during his early career."
Senior Counsel Israel Khan, who is also
chairman of the Legal Aid and Advisory
Authority, said Hudson-Phillips, a former
president of the Law Association, did not
think twice about helping young attor-
"He even helped me. He was my mentor.
Whenever I found myself in difficulty in
relation to the law or carrying out my
duties I would go to him and he would
guide me," Khan said. "Incidentally, it was
just yesterday evening (Wednesday) the
authority appointed him to lead sessions
to train attorneys on how to present a case
with the criminal courts."
Former chief justice and president of the
ICC, Michael de la Bastide, said the death
was quite unexpected.
He said: "I want to express my condo-
lence to his wife and children. He was a
person who held a number of important
offices and made a significant contribution
to the legal profession and to the country
as a whole. He was also a distinguished
legal practitioner who was well respect-
To the very end, Hudson-Phillips, in
keeping abreast of major events in society,
often challenged the status quo when he
felt things were going astray, often grabbing
newspaper headlines in the process.
In October last year, for example, he had
hinted at possible legal action challenging
the validity of the Police Service Commis-
sion (PSC), if Parliament confirmed Pres-
ident Anthony Carmona s nomination of
former independent senator James Arm-
strong and Roamar Achat-Saney to the
commission. The three received their letters
in appointment last December and there
was no challenge to the appointments.
CJ: Formidable figure
In a release yesterday, Chief Justice Ivor
Archie, on behalf of the Judiciary, also
"Karl Hudson-Phillips QC undertook
the practice of the law with gusto and con-
siderable skill and was a formidable figure
on all fronts of the profession, be it in
defence or prosecutorial roles," a release
from Jones P Madeira, Court Protocol and
Information Manager, said.
It noted that Hudson-Phillips s triumphs
before the courts included many matters
which can be regarded as landmark cases.
"The Honourable Chief Justice wishes
to extend his condolences to the Hudson-
Phillips family, on his own behalf and that
of all of the Judiciary, on the occasion of
this quite unexpected passing.
"The Judiciary joins the law fraternity,
and indeed the entire national community,
in mourning the death of Mr Karl Hudson
Phillips, Queens Counsel."
The release said during his lifetime, Hud-
son-Phillips provided yeoman service to
the country and later became a judge of
the International Criminal Court, paving
the way for greater and very positive inter-
national scrutiny and recognition of the
quality of local jurists.
"The courts and the practice of law have
lost a significant presence. The Judiciary
salutes this legal luminary and his impres-
The release also noted that Hudson-
Phillips s sojourn outside his main profes-
sional calling was equally impactive and
contributed to significant changes to the
political landscape of T&T.
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