IPCC publishes findings of investigation into complaints by Lotfi Raissi

originally by: The IPCC
28th January 2010

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has concluded its investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) handling of an investigation concerning Mr Lotfi Raissi, who was wrongly accused of being involved in terrorism following the September 11 attacks. The investigation looked into whether it was reasonable for the MPS to arrest Mr Raissi, the diligence of the investigation and their actions during the extradition process that immediately followed his release from police custody.

It found that the MPS conducted a thorough and timely investigation but that, had enquiries from a previous MPS anti-terrorism investigation been completed at that time, the extradition process may have concluded sooner.

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‘Kidney sisters’ leave Mississippi prison

originally by: BBC News
7th January 2011

Two imprisoned sisters whose sentences were dropped on the condition that one donate her kidney to the other have been released from jail in Mississippi. The pair, who had been in jail for 16 years, are moving to the US state of Florida, where their family lives.

Jamie Scott requires daily dialysis, which costs the state roughly $200,000 (£129,000) per year, officials said. She and her sister Gladys Scott were convicted in 1994 of taking part in a robbery that netted a mere $11 (£7).

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour agreed to release the sisters, who were serving life sentences for leading two men into an ambush in Mississippi in 1993, on the condition that Gladys, 36, donates a kidney to her sister within one year.

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Anti-death penalty activist meets with Troy

all credits: AJC News
November 2010

A prominent anti-death penalty activist visited a Georgia death row inmate who claims he was wrongly convicted.

Sister Helen Prejean said Monday that Troy Anthony Davis was in “strong spirits” and that he gave a persuasive argument about his case during her visit with him at the Georgia State Prison in Jackson.

Davis has spent nearly 20 years on death row for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer and has long claimed new evidence would clear his name if a court gave him a chance to present it.

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Davis that hearing in 2009, and a federal judge ruled in August that the evidence he presented wasn’t strong enough to prove his innocence. Davis is now appealing that decision to the Supreme Court.

Prejean said “it’s going to take a miracle for the Supreme Court to do the right thing. But I’m praying for it.”