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[Amnesty International\Miraculous escape from execution for teenage inmate turned lawyer

MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM EXECUTION FOR TEENAGE INMATE TURNED LAWYER

 

 

 

Hafez Ibrahim is now a lawyer, helping juveniles who languish on death row corridors across Yemen.Hafez Ibrahim is now a lawyer, helping juveniles who languish on death row corridors across Yemen.© Hafez Ibrahim

“>Hafez Ibrahim, with a newspaper celebrating his pardon and release from death row in 2010.

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Hafez Ibrahim, with a newspaper celebrating his pardon and release from death row in 2010.

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I was lost, I did not understand what was happening. I later learned that Amnesty International had called on the Yemeni President to stop my execution and the message was heard

Hafez Ibrahim.

The first time Hafez Ibrahim faced a firing squad was in 2005. He was taken to a small yard in a Yemeni prison and brought before a row of officers with rifles in hand. He thought that moment would be his last.

Hafez had written a will. His only thought was of the trauma his mother would suffer when she heard the news of his execution.

But just before he was about to be shot, he was taken back to his cell, with no explanation.

“I was lost, I did not understand what was happening. I later learned that Amnesty International had called on the Yemeni President to stop my execution and the message was heard,” Hafez said.

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