Pardon Me: GG makes release of American prisoner lawful


Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, through his deputy Sir Clare Roberts, has today, officially pardoned American tourist Shannon Martinez of her one-year conviction of possession of ammunition.

After much public outcry, which included a letter by the Bar Association that suggested strong overreach by the executive branch of government, Prime Minister Gaston Browne promised that he would request a pardon for Martinez two weeks after she would have already been released serving only one day of her sentence in prison.

Browne stated that this was only being done, “Out of an abundance of caution.”

“Shannon Martinez would have served one day and the time remaining for her to serve was two hundred and forty-two days,” the pardon stated.

“I Sir Clare Roberts… pursuant to section 84 (1) (d) of the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda, grant unto Shannon Martinez remission of the remainder of the period of imprisonment imposed upon her conviction for Possession of Ammunition.”

Though the Governor General’s pardon is dated and signed 22 June, 2018, the pardon does backdate the day with which it goes into effect: “AND THESE PRESENTS are deemed to take effect from 14th June, 2018.”

Image of official pardon granted to Shannon Martinez

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  1. Browne stated that this was only being done, “Out of an abundance of caution.”

    Really now. He who spouts rhetoric and venom at US said it was done out of an abundance of caution. The actions overtime of the PM and this statement reminds me of my mongrel. He barks as he is the crosses dog but let you make a gesture as to throw a stone or some object he hastily retreats. In hindsight I guess his actions were being done out of an abundance of caution!!!

    • My sentiments exactly. I remembered working with a guys who said that he is a Construction Engineering and later to find out, after he retired, that he was sent from Washington DC. The Shannon Martinez fiasco is just the beginning for more to come from the great America upon Antigua & Barbuda. The PM need to start writing his speech and analyze it before talking to the public.

  2. Anna one black man from another country. The out cry would be to lock him out and throw away the keys right?

  3. So where is her MUGSHOT? Why the proper pic? hope this is the standard going forward for all who have broken the law.

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