Visnews filmed in Santiago Cuba Jan 16 the trial and execution of Lt. Despaigne -?
Visnews filmed in Santiago Cuba Jan 16 the trial and execution of Lt. Despaigne - described as Chief of Batista's Army Prowl Cars in the Province of Santiago.
Judges at the trial were officials of 26th of July Movement.
Leaving the courtroom Despaigne talked with a priest in the yard where the firing squad assembled.
He had two last requests - granted - that he be allowed
1. to write a note to his son.
2. to give the order to the firing squad to fire the fatal shots.
Lt. Despaigne gave the order, they fired, and he fell backwards into a pit dug, presumably, to receive the bodies of the executed.