News 04.11.12

From the Wrongful Convictions Blog: International Innocence Round-up



In Sierra Leone, government corruption led to the

wrongful conviction of Mohamed Sesay

on drug trafficking charges.

 

An Australian youth, who was convicted of “inciting” a “king hit” that killed a man during a 2009 fair, has

had his conviction overturned

following trial irregularities, including the fact that the youth who actually threw the punch was allowed to testify against the defendant in exchange for a reduced sentence.

 

Even in the wake of three recent executions, Japanese Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa says that he will not hesitate to

send more death row inmates to the gallows

.

 

An internal study panel of Japan’s National Public Safety Commission called for the

expansion of partial recordings of police interrogations

, although it did not recommend the recordings of the entire process of interrogation.

 

The Amanda Knox case cast a harsh light on

Italy’s justice system

, exposing a system that is weighed down with too many cases, too many solicitors and massive backlogs.

 

Last week saw a unique face off between a former Attorney General of Canada and the Attorney General of Nicaragua over the

case of Jason Puracal

.

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