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Alabama Death Row Inmate Freed After 30 Years

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An Alabama man has been freed after spending nearly 30 years on death row.  58-year-old Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murdering two restaurant managers in Birmingham in 1985, but was granted a new trial last year. BBC was there:

Tests on bullets found at the crime scene could not be connected to a gun found at Mr Hinton’s home, prompting prosecutors to drop the case. His lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, said his client was convicted because he could not afford better legal counsel.

Walking out of the Jefferson Country Jail in Birmingham, Mr Hinton hugged family members and said: “Thank you, Jesus.” “All they had to do was test the gun,” Mr Hinton said, explaining why he shouldn’t have had to sit on death row for nearly three decades.  Bullets from the crime scene were the only evidence that linked Mr Hinton to the murders.

Prosecutors said that modern forensic methods failed to link the bullets to a revolver found in Mr Hinton’s home. “Every day, every month, every year that the state took from him, they took something that they don’t have the power to give back,” said Mr Stevenson. At his first trial, Mr Hinton’s lawyer believed his client only had $1,000 (£670) to hire an expert that could defend against the prosecution’s allegations about the bullets.

 

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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