1987 A murder was committed, Kennedy was sentenced to death
Claimant alleged to be victim of violations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He was not informed of charges until 5 days after his arrest, there were delays in proceedings, and death penalty was imposed irrespective of circumstances.
26 May 1998, Trinidad denounced the optional protocol of ICCPR and the same day She re-acceded with a reservation ‘ Trinidad re-accedes to the OP to the ICCPR with a reservation to art 1 to the effect that the HR Committee shall not be competent to receive and consider communication relating to any prisoner who is under sentence of death in respect of matters relating to his prosecution, detention, conviction, sentence, or the carrying out of the death sentence’
The protocol does not govern the permissibility of reservations. 19 VCLT a reservation can be made as long as it is compatible with the object and purpose.