Petition gegen die Hinrichtung von Troy Davis heute Nacht (Donnerstag, 01:00 MESZ)

Die Presse:

US-Todeskandidat: “Kampf endet nicht mit mir”

21.09.2011 | 08:03 |  (

In wenigen Stunden wird der 42-jährige Afroamerikaner Troy Davis wegen Polizistenmordes hingerichtet. An seiner Schuld bestehen grobe Zweifel. (…)

Die Hinrichtung per Giftspritze ist für Mittwoch (01.00 Uhr Donnerstag MESZ) im Gefängnis der Stadt Jackson im US-Bundesstaat Georgia vorgesehen. Am Dienstag hatte ein Gnadenausschuss von Georgia eine Begnadigung abgelehnt und damit den Weg für die Exekution freigemacht.

Davis war 1991 wegen der Ermordung des weißen Polizisten Mark McPhail zum Tode verurteilt worden. Er beteuert bis heute seine Unschuld. Eine Tatwaffe, DNA-Spuren oder Fingerabdrücke, die auf ihn als Täter hingedeutet hätten, wurden nie gefunden. Alle Zeugen zogen ihre Aussagen wieder zurück. Der Fall gilt als einer der umstrittensten Justizfälle der USA.

CBS News:

Polygraph for Troy Davis blocked, attorney says

(…) Davis has received support from hundreds of thousands of people, including a former FBI director, former President Carter and Pope Benedict XVI. Some of his backers resorted to urging prison workers to strike or call in sick Wednesday, and they considered a desperate appeal for White House intervention. And some of Davis’ supporters were considering whether to ask President Obama to intervene, a move that legal experts said was unlikely.

In Europe, where the planned execution has drawn widespread criticism, politicians and activists were making a last-minute appeal to the state of Georgia to refrain from executing Davis. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday and Amnesty also called a vigil outside the U.S. Embassy in London.

Parliamentarians and government ministers from the Council of Europe, the continent’s human rights watchdog, called for Davis’ sentence to be commuted. Renate Wohlwend of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly said that “to carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice.”

The Guardian:

Troy Davis (updated news)

Amnesty International, USA:

Too Much Doubt

Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.

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