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Fr. Malcom Rodrigues armed forces of Burnham gov’t killed Dr Walter Rodney

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 7.00.25 PMTestifying at the public hearings of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Father Malcolm Rodrigues, said that from what he heard on the radio the morning after Dr Walter Rodney was killed, he could tell that things did not go as planned to execute Dr Rodney.

He said the radio announcer only spoke of the explosion and read a Police statement saying that face of the man was damaged beyond recognition. As far as Father Rodrigues was concerned, that was the plan, but things did not turn out that way. A close friend of the Rodney family, he went to identify the body.

Father Rodrigues said any schoolgirl off the road could have easily identified Rodney and so it was interesting that the Police had sent out a press release to say that the face was damaged beyond recognition.

ON June 13, 1980 when the explosion killed Dr Rodney in the vicinity of the Camp Street jail, Father Rodrigues was attending a feast at the Sacred Heart church.

As he was a close friend of the family, he stayed over with Rodney’s wife and children that night.

Father Rodrigues said that while at the Rodney home, he answered the phone, speaking with the press and others who were calling.

Father Rodrigues is expected to continue his testimony, explaining why he thought it was the military and armed forces that planned to kill Dr Walter Rodney.

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