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Bermuda's governor pardons pastor who was jailed for highlighting unfair treatment of Jamaican workers

In Bermuda, Governor John Rankin has granted a posthumous pardon to an American pastor and journalist who was thrown into jail in Bermuda more than a century ago after he wrote about the unfair treatment of Jamaican workers in that country.
 
Reverend Charles Vinton Monk was locked up for libel in 1903 after he exposed the poor conditions endured by people brought in to work on the Royal Naval Dockyard.
 
Premier David Burt hailed the Governor's ruling as a significant and historic decision and said he would make a statement in the House of  Assembly on Friday.
 
Mr. Burt told the House in June last year that he had asked the Governor to consult the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of  Mercy about the possibility of a pardon for Reverend Monk.


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