Monday, October 27, 2014

Close shave in Nigeria

A man sentenced to death by a Nigerian military court, who spent 19 years on death row and watched four others being hanged, has been freed. Details here from the Associated Press:
He was saved because prison officials realized that his sentence by a military tribunal called for him to be shot by a firing squad.
Human rights lawyers filed an appeal noting he had been convicted while the country was under a military dictatorship notorious for unfair trials and torturing confessions from prisoners.
A court of the Economic Community of West African states in June ruled that [Thankgod]* Ebhos should be freed.
* Yes, that is his name. 

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