Yemen: Death Row Teenagers

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Unreported World

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Reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and director Daniel Bogado travel to Yemen to reveal scores of young men locked up in prisons and awaiting execution for crimes they are accused of committing while children. And they meet the lawyer who, in a miscarriage of justice, was sentenced to death himself at the age of 16 and who is now on a mission to save others who should never have been given the death penalty.


The Unreported World team accompanies Hafedh Ibrahim, as he enters Taiz prison to meet a new young client.  It’s the same prison where Hafedh was once held on death row and where he was marched, handcuffed, from the cells to the execution spot and told to lie down on the sand ready to be executed. Hafedh tells Guru-Murthy how, according to Yemeni law, as a juvenile he should never have faced the death penalty. His campaigning from inside prison paid off he describes hearing the phone call coming in to cancel his execution three minutes before he was due to be shot.


Critics Choice -


The Irish Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Mail on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph


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May 24, 2013

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