Don’t execute innocent Ivan Teleguz
  • Petitioned The state of Virginia

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The state of Virginia

Don’t execute innocent Ivan Teleguz

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      Reprieve

Ivan Teleguz faces execution, despite the fact that two key witnesses who said he was responsible for murder have since admitted lying. Virginia’s authorities are refusing to allow courts to consider this crucial new evidence that he is innocent, based on a technicality which means it is, in their view, ‘irrelevant.’

Ivan, a Ukrainian, was sentenced to death in 2006 on the basis of claims he had hired two men to kill his former girlfriend. Since then, two witnesses who said he was responsible – and on whose testimony the prosecution’s case was built – have admitted that they lied, after being pressured into doing so by the authorities in exchange for reduced sentences for their own crimes.

However, the Virginian authorities have refused to allow this vital new evidence to be considered, as they say the case is now at too late a stage for this to happen. As a result, Ivan faces death not because of guilt, but due to inflexible, bureaucratic rules.

Legal action charity Reprieve is calling on the state of Virginia to stop the execution from going ahead, and allow this man to present evidence of his innocence.

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    • Phillip Hooks MANSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      On two counts 1. The new evidence seems to indicate innocence. 2. The death penalty is not an appropriate sentence in a modern civilized country.

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    • W T STRAFFORD, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      When pivotal evidence used to convict turns out to be compromised, the conviction itself should be considered compromised.

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    • Madeleine Cox LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Justice. The death penalty should be abolished. Who has a legal right to end another's life, is this not hypocrisy at the highest level.

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    • David Hardy CASTEL, GUERNSEY
      • about 2 years ago

      IN order to prevent yet another travesty of Justice taking the life of yet another innocent victim of the U.S. Judicial (So Called) System.

      I would be ashamed to call myself American, if that were the case, which very fortunately for me, I am not!

      He is blatantly innocent, and yet faces execution to satisfy "legal protocol" What sort of countyr behave in this manner? 3rd rate banana-republics, that's what!

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    • Hannah Bailey ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Because nobody deserves to be killed.

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