Lone Indian juror keeps Benschop in jail

Wilkinson, Bert
December 2004
New York Amsterdam News;12/16/2004, Vol. 95 Issue 51, p14
The article presents information about a court case. A lone "no vote" by an East Indian juror would ensure that a controversial television talk-show host would remain in prison for at least another year until he is tried again for treason after a judge in the case declared a mistrial last week. Supporters of Mark Anthony Benschop broke down in tears when jury forewoman Jackie Smartt announced at the end of the 24-day trial that the 12-person jury was hung — unable to reach a verdict — because juror number 10 Rahman Rahmantullah was adamant that Benschop was guilty of trying to overthrow the Hindu-dominated Bharrat Jagdeo administration.


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