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Sydney Burnett-Alleyne dies


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Barbadian Sydney Burnett-Alleyne has died.

It was reported that he passed away in a London hospital earlier today, one week after suffering a heart attack. He was 93.

A former merchant-banker, Burnett-Alleyne was convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in a Martinique jail in 1977 along with a Canadian yachtsman for illegally importing arms into Martinique. It was claimed that the guns, ammunition and explosives found on board the yacht were to have been used to overthrow the Barbados Government.

Former Barbados Prime Minister Tom Adams made a request to the Martinique Government to have Burnett-Alleyne extradited to Barbados immediately upon his release to be tried for treason. However, he never returned to this island and the parish of St John where he was born. (GC)