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Two Bulgarian nationals saved from execution in Malaysia

February 2017
The Court of Appeal of Malaysia was right to quash the death sentences of two Bulgarian nationals in 2015, the Federal Court has ruled. In a judgment delivered on 17 January 2017, the Federal Court in Malaysia dismissed an appeal ... read more »

Antigua prisoner released after 20 years on death row

November 2016
After 20 years on death row Lorriston Cornwall has been released from prison in Antigua. Cornwall was sentenced to death in 1996 for the murder of his former girlfriend. At the time Antigua carried the mandatory death penalty for murder, ... read more »

Belize Court of Appeal declares life imprisonment without parole violates basic human rights

November 2016
The Belize Court of Appeal has found mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole breaches fundamental human rights.  The Court held the sentence to be a clear violation of the right to a fair trial, because it is effectively ... read more »

Privy Council quashes murder conviction of Bahamian juvenile following concerns over his treatment in police custody

October 2016
Shavargo McPhee, who was convicted of murder six years ago, has had his conviction quashed by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council today in an important decision that emphasises the need for police to adhere to proper safeguards when ... read more »

*Update* Former death row prisoner in Malawi released after 13 years of incarceration

September 2016
In April 2015, Tony Thobowa, became the first prisoner under sentence of death in Malawi to be resentenced. He had remained on death row in Malawi since the mandatory death penalty was abolished in 2007. In April 2015, he became ... read more »