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ARTHUR JUDAH ANGEL
Former death row prisoner, Nigeria
Sentenced to death in Nigeria for murder in 1986 at the age of 21, Arthur Judah Angel always denied committing the crimes of which he was accused. The artist, who was incarcerated at Enugu Prison in Nigeria, lived in particularly difficult conditions: he had to face an execution date which was cancelled at the last moment and witnessed 58 executions scheduled on the same day. He was finally released in 2000 after 16 years’ imprisonment, including nearly 10 on death row.
Spouse of the death row prisoner Serge Atlaoui, France
Sabine Atlaoui is the wife of Serge Atlaoui. This French citizen was arrested in Indonesia in 2005 in an acrylic factory that turned out to be a cover in an ecstasy production case. Sentenced to the death penalty on appeal in 2007, despite his protests of innocence, Serge is still on Indonesian death row. Sabine is fighting to save her husband and is involved in the universal struggle for the abolition of the death penalty.
Former death row prisoner, member of the French National Order of Merit, Lebanon
Antoinette was arrested in 1994 and sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of a priest. The real reason for her imprisonment proved to be the fact that her brother belonged to a Christian militia which was banned in Lebanon. Antoinette was tortured in prison. She was finally released in 1999 following international campaigns. Since then, Antoinette Chahine has been campaigning for human rights and abolition of the death penalty.
Sitting juror at the Ranucci trial, France
In 1976 the trial of Christian Ranucci for the murder of a little girl was held in the court of Aix-en-Provence in France. At the end of the trial, the accused was sentenced to death and then guillotined on July 28th of the same year. Among the 12 jurors sitting was Geneviève Donadini, a young mother at the time of the events. 40 years later, Mrs. Donadini wrote "Le procès Ranucci. Témoignage d’un juré d’assise" (The Ranucci trial. Testimony of a sitting juror), published by Harmattan. This book recounts, without betraying the secret of the deliberation, this traumatic experience.
Former death row prisoner, Morrocco
A former death row prisoner in Morocco, he was sentenced on the 30th of July, 1984 for an offence against national security and after having protested against Hassan’s regime at a peaceful demonstration. Due to the pressure exerted by international organisations, he was finally pardoned in 1999. He currently works for the National Council for Human Rights in Morocco and shares his life experiences in Morocco and abroad.
Former death row prisoner, USA
Ndume spent 28 years in prison in the United States, 20 of them on death row, for a crime he did not commit. After countless appeals, Ndume was re-sentenced to life imprisonment and removed from death row in 2004. He was released after entering an Alford plea: he gave up his exemption which enabled him to be released immediately but is still considered guilty despite his innocence. He was saved by his discovery of drawing and painting, and helped throughout his detention by his family and friends, and abolitionist organisations. Today, he continues to campaign powerfully against the death penalty through his contact with young people.
Former death row prisoner, Kenya
Sentenced to death in Kenya for murder in 2001 at the age of 31, Pete Ouko, then a father of two young children, has always denied committing the crime. Detained for nearly 18 years in a cell with 13 other prisoners for 23.5 out of 24 hours, he testifies about how difficult it is to survive in the uncertain expectation of execution in very challenging circumstances. Pardoned and released on 26 October 2017, he is now a law graduate from the University of the London and is committed to defending the rights of prisoners in Africa with the support of the Youth Safety Awareness Initiative for which he is Founder and CEO.