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Raffique Shah: Address delivered to Court Martial at the Town Hall, Port of Spain on January 12-13,

Identifier: SC108


The handwritten manuscript is the text of the speech prepared and delivered by Mr. Shah during Court Martial in 1971 following the mutiny at Teteron Barracks, Trinidad in 1970. The speech is also published as "The People Have Absolved Me" in Ryan, Selwyn and Taimoon Stewart, editors of "The Black Power Revolution, 1970: a Retrospective". Trinidad and Tobago: Iser, 1995. pp.441-508. In another article available in the same volume and written by Mr. Shah entitled "Reflections on the Mutiny and Trial," he points out that of the 27 months he was incarcerated, seven of these were spent in solitary confinement; and it is during this period that the manuscript was written.


  • 1971

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Raffique Shah, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago was born in March 1946. He attended Presentation College and the British Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment on September 5, 1964 prior to taking up a scholarship at Sandhurst. He was commissioned on July 28, 1966 at the rank of Second Lieutenant and returned to Trinidad to take up duties at Teteron Barracks on January 2, 1967. In 1970 amidst the Black Power uprising in Trinidad and Tobago, Shah and another lieutenant, Rex Lassalle, led a mutiny at Teteron Barracks on April 21 to prevent Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams from using the military against the people involved in the Black Power uprising. After ten days, Shah and Lassalle surrendered and were imprisoned to await Court Martial. The Court Martial was held in 1971, during which Mr. Shah delivered his address over two days. He was imprisoned and later freed after successfully appealing his case at the local and Privy Council courts. Mr. Shah then became active in the trade union movement and helped establish the political party, the United Labour Front. He has contributed to journalism through his numerous columns in various newspapers.


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Donated to The Alma Jordan Library by Mr. Raffique Shah.

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