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Glen Ballard





12 years

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Saudi Arabia

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Summary of Case:

"Glen Ballard was one of the Saudi Six. Wrongly convicted British expatriate living in Saudi Arabia of being involved in a bombing in Saudi Arabia. One of 6 co-defendants who all deny they voluntarily confessed on Saudi television to the bombing. All the men claim to have been tortured, and all 6 confessions use similar words. Also, the men weren't provided with an interpreter fluent enough to have translated the alleged confession from English to Arabic. Pardoned on August 8, 2003 and immediately deported to the UK."

Conviction Caused By:

False confession after being tortured.

Innocence Proved By:

Granted Executive Clemency by the Saudi government

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Information Source 1:

"Suspects in Saudi blasts Claim Their Innocence: as bombings continue, some question expatriates 'confessions,'" Susan Taylor Martin (St. Petersburg Times), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11-5-02, p. A4."

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"Saudi six 'left to rot', Paul Harris (staff), The Guardian (London, UK), Feb. 16, 2003 "

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"Greed and torture at the House of Saud, Staff, The Observer, Nov. 24, 2002 "

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Information Source 4:

"Saudis release eight Westerners jailed in bombings, Ed Johnson, AP London, August 9, 2003"

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Information Source 5:

"Saudis free bomb blast Britons, Staff and Agencies, The Guardian, London UK, August 8, 2003"

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