Visnews filmed in Santiago Cuba Jan 16 the trial and execution of Lt. Despaigne -?
GV INT Courtroom
SV Man giving evidence.
SV Pan Of accused men.
SIDE V Despaigne speaking.
LV Despaigne arriving at firing squad area.
FRONT V Despaigne talking.
LV Despaigne's handcuffs being removed.
SV Despaigne writing note.
CU Despaigne and priest.
SIDE V Firing squads.
LV Despaigne being shot and falling into pit.
CU Dead man on ground.
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Background: 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.