ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Attorney-at-law and former government minister Vere Bird Jr. was recuperating at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre Saturday after suffering a seizure during the second day of his trial and that of his brother, former prime minister, Lester Bird.
The Bird brothers and five other members of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) – Deputy Leader Gaston Browne; Molwyn Joseph; General Secretary, Mary Claire Hurst; head of the Youth Arm Sharon Kentish and Jim Galloway – are on trial for violating the Public Order Act.
Bird Jr., 73, was flanked by co-accused Hurst and Joseph when he began convulsing. Several people in the courtroom including his son Vere Bird III and niece Rika Bird, both members of the defence team rushed to his assistance.
The Emergency Medical Services were summoned he was taken to the hospital where he remains under close observation.
The seven ALP members are alleged to have spoken at an Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU) rally on May 4 last year without the necessary permission from the Commissioner of Police, Thomas Bennett.
They have all pleaded not guilty for violating the Act.
Due to Bird Jr.’s illness, the matter was adjourned to February 18.