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    Executions in The Gambia

    Reprieve on 30 August 2012

    After 27 years without a single execution in The Gambia President Yahya Jammeh brought that time to an unhappy end with the execution of seven Gambian citizens and 2 Senegalese citizens in a firing range. The executions were carried out on Eid al-Fitr, a day of celebration, love and peace in the Muslim faith.

    The death penalty was abolished in Gambia by the former President Dawda Jawara but was then reinstated by the current President, Yahya Jammeh. In a broadcast President Jammeh made on Sunday 26th August he said that he would execute the other 38 convicts waiting on ...

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  2. Chai Patel

    Prosecutors’ power to conceal evidence of innocence from the defence must be removed

    Chaitanya Patel on 24 August 2012

    Justin Wolfe, having gone through an ordeal eerily similar to that of Ivan Teleguz, has finally had his conviction and death sentence overturned.

    After spending years hiding evidence of  Mr Wolfe’s innocence in order to kill him, and once ordered to produce it, the Commonwealth of Virginia wasted yet more time arguing that the defence still shouldn’t be allowed to use it to save his life. When challenged by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Commonwealth offered this bizarre explanation of why it had done so, as can be seen in the judgment (Wolfe v. Clarke ...

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  3. Crofton Black

    Court case aims to dispel shadows around Romania's CIA black site

    Crofton Black on 22 August 2012

    The case filed on behalf of "high value detainee" Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in the European Court of Human Rights this month is the first attempt by the rule of law to dispel the shadows surrounding Romania's secret CIA prison.

    Over the last several years, evidence of Romania's role in the CIA's rendition and secret prison programme has been building inexorably. Investigations into "black sites" in Poland and Lithuania have shown how Romania was linked to these countries, as well as to Afghanistan and Morocco, by planes associated with the CIA programme. Faced with similar bodies of evidence ...

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  4. Alamara Bettum

    As one Tunisian swims to victory in Olympic waters, another is kept high and dry at Guantánamo

    Alamara Bettum on 17 August 2012

    As the frenzy of Olympics 2012 begins to ebb, this year’s champions will, no doubt, be returning to rapturous receptions in their home countries the world over. There is perhaps one athlete in particular whose double victory will be well-received not only at home but some thousands of miles away as well in Guantánamo Bay.

    A former lifeguard and avid swimmer, Tunisian detainee Hisham Sliti, would – were he to hear the news of Oussama Mellouli’s gold and bronze medal successes in the 10km open water marathon and indoor 1500m freestyle – most probably have a bittersweet appreciation of ...

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  5. Polly Rossdale

    France’s chance to end the impasse: bring cleared detainee Nabil Hadjarab home from Guantánamo

    Polly Rossdale on 15 August 2012

    Nabil Hadjarab has now been cleared for release for almost half of the ten years he has spent imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay.  For most of us this is a difficult fact to grapple with.  If the Bush hardliners thought that it was ok to let Nabil go way back in 2007, why is he still there? 

    The answer, as is usually the case when it comes to Guantánamo, has nothing to do with the law.  There have never been any charges laid against Nabil.  And he is not alone. More than half of the 168 men still detained ...

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  6. Donate to Reprieve this year and we’ll all reap the benefits.

    Laura Stebbing on 27 July 2012

    Are you a higher-rate tax payer considering making a donation to Reprieve?  Now is the time to dig deep and avoid the reduced reclaim rate.  Reprieve relies on you, our supporters, to aid our delivery of justice to prisoners across the globe. 

    Although the marginal income tax rate you have to pay may be dropping from 50% to 45% of your income in the next financial year, as a donor the tax amount you can reclaim on charitable giving will equally diminish by 6.25 percentage points. So whilst in the 2012-13 tax year, £37.50 will be rebated for ...

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  7. Shifts in death penalty policy across South East Asia

    Stephan Smith on 17 July 2012

    As Singapore announces death penalty reform, moving away from the mandatory death penalty for drugs, the Indonesian authorities plan executions.

    There were hopes in many quarters that attitudes in Indonesia were changing in relation to the death penalty for drugs. In April of this year, an Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, called Indonesia a ‘key domino’ in death penalty politics across the region.  The Indonesian Government had been taking admirable steps to protect Indonesian nationals facing the death penalty abroad, particularly in Saudi Arabia.  However, recent media reports suggest that the Indonesian authorities could execute three foreign prisoners within ...

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  8. Clive Stafford Smith by I.Robins BW

    Help free Krishna Maharaj: a plea from Clive Stafford Smith

    Clive Stafford Smith on 06 July 2012

    Innocent British businessman Kris Maharaj has been wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years by the state of Florida. He is now 73.

    When I last saw Kris, he was shackled to a hospital bed struggling to survive a flesh eating bacteria in his leg. He begged me to remember him every day, along with his faithful wife Marita. I have written this book so that he is never forgotten. But most importantly, I have written this book so that I am invited to write articles and do broadcasts on the case, so that the people who know what really happened to ...

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    Big Issue feature on Rendition this week

    Reprieve on 04 July 2012

    The Big Issue have published an article on rendition drawing on the work of Reprieve investigator Crofton Black.  It not only provides an overview of rendition, but highlights how companies with strong UK links, like Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) have been heavily involved.

    In 2002, the United States Central Intelligence Agency began using private contractors to transport prisoners to secret “black sites” around the world, where they were held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured.

    What is less well known is the role of companies in this network.  Reprieve has been investigating this network of corporate complicity – companies, some small, some large ...

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  10. Julian Elderfield

    Arkansas execution laws held to be unconstitutional

    Julian Elderfield on 27 June 2012

    In a landmark decision on Friday the Supreme Court of Arkansas ruled 5-2 that the Method of Execution Act of 2009 was unconstitutional. 

    The law, which granted broad procedural discretion to the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to administer the death penalty, was held to be a violation of the separation-of-powers provision of the US Constitution.  The Court found that “the legislature has abdicated its responsibility and passed to the executive branch … the unfettered discretion to determine all protocol and procedures, most notably the chemicals to be used, for a state execution.”

    Other states, particularly Texas, Delaware, Idaho and Florida ...

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