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Patrick Okoroafor released from Nigerian prison!


Amnesty International Applauds Release of Patrick Okoroafor, Former Nigerian Child Prisoner, Denied Fair Trial and Sentenced to Death for Robbery

Source: http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/nigeria-child-prisoner-free-after-17-years

Release comes after relentless campaign by human rights organization

(New York) – Amnesty International today welcomed the release of Nigerian prisoner Patrick Okoroafor, 31, who spent half his life in prison for armed robbery – a crime he says he did not commit, and was sentenced to death as a juvenile. His release comes after a relentless global campaign by Amnesty International.

Okoroafor was just 14 when he was arrested in 1995. He was sentenced to death two years later.

Amnesty International considered Okoroafor's trial to have been grossly unfair and repeatedly called for his immediate and unconditional release.


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Child rights defender Narges Mohammadi arrested

Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi arrested

Mohammadi, who was taken seriously ill after being detained previously, now has to serve six years in jail

Narges Mohammadi
The Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi at the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Tehran in June 2007. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

An ailing human rights activist whose contribution to the campaign against juvenile executions in Iran is internationally recognised has been arrested to serve her six-year prison term.

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