Germany slams Davis execution decision

21st September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany added its voice Wednesday to international condemnation of a US decision to go ahead with the execution of Troy Davis despite holes in the case against him.

"I have learned with consternation the rejection of Troy Davis's appeal for clemency. Up to now there are still serious doubts about his guilt," junior minister for human rights Markus Loening said in a statement.

"An execution is irreversible -- a judicial error can never be repaired," he added. "This is why I am asking the authorities of the state of Georgia and the United States of America to prevent the execution scheduled for this evening."

Davis, 425, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 2300 GMT Wednesday after the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to commute his sentence for the shooting of an off-duty policeman in 1989.

Mark MacPhail, a married white father of two who was working nights as a security guard, was shot in the heart and the head at point-blank range when he intervened in a brawl in Savannah, Georgia.

There was no physical evidence tying Davis, who is black, to the shooting, and several witnesses at his trial later recanted their testimony. But US courts ruled that he had failed to prove his innocence.

The campaign to spare his life drew high-profile support from former US president Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI, helping him escape three previous dates with death in a racially-charged case.

The decision to go ahead with the execution also drew condemnation Wednesday from France and the Council of Europe.

© 2011 AFP

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