Thursday, June 19, 2014

ECOWAS court orders military convict removed from death row pending appellate review

The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered Nigeria to remove a man with the appropriate name of Thankgod Ebhos from death row while his case is on appeal. Nigerian officials have subjected him to the pain of being taken to the gallows with other convicts even though he was not scheduled for execution. Mr. Ebhos was convicted by a military court in 1995, according to this account. According to this article in the Guardian, "the court ordered the Nigerian government to remove Thankgod’s name from death row as any attempt to execute him while his appeal was still pending in the Court of Appeal would be a gross violation of his right to appeal as contained in section 6 subsection 4" of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The court's decision is not yet on its website.

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