I went to an unfair tri­al, and in the end I was con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death.”

Morris Kaberia | Legal Aid Assistant | African Prisons Project

"When I got to the death chambers, I was completely disoriented. I felt like this is it. I found people who had been in prison for 30 years, 20 years, and they always told me that I prepare myself for such a long period in prison. I was wondering what would happen with my young children. What would happen to my young wife. I thought, 'This is going to destroy my life, and if my life is destroyed in such a manner, than it is not worth living.' I even contemplated committing suicide."

"One gentleman known as William who had already attended a program with the African Prisons Project [Justice Defenders] approached me and told me, 'Gentleman, why do you look disturbed? Can I help you? Why can’t you join the academy and try to learn the law which has brought you here.' I told him, 'I can’t do this. I’m old, and the people who are supposed to be in school are my children. I’m not interested in studying.' I refused to go. But he kept pestering me, and one day he left me a criminal law book. And when I flashed through the pages, I found a page where they were talking about disclosure of evidence by the prosecution. This is what I had been arguing about in court. When I went through that piece, I found some grounds which I could take to court, argue them in court, and the court could hear me and understand that I faced an unfair trial.

So I got interested. I started reading that criminal law book. And since then I have never kept that law book away from me. I am always with it. Because this is now what changed me, what gave me hope, and gave me back my dignity, and it was brought about by African Prisons Project [Justice Defenders]. If it were not for African Prisons Project [Justice Defenders], I am sure that I would not be alive today."

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