Solitary confinement US inmate to be freed after 43 years

A man will be freed from a US jail after 43 years in solitary confinement that a UN official likened to “torture”.

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Albert Woodfox is the last of the 'Angola Three' remaining in prison play

Albert Woodfox is the last of the 'Angola Three' remaining in prison

Albert Woodfox is the last of the 'Angola Three' remaining in prison play

Albert Woodfox is the last of the 'Angola Three' remaining in prison

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A judge in the US state of Louisiana has ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years.

Judge James Brady also banned prosecutors from trying Albert Woodfox, 68, for a third time.

He has been in solitary confinement since 18 April 1972 after a prison riot that resulted in the death of a guard.

Woodfox was tried twice for the guard's death, but both convictions were later overturned. He denies all the charges.

On Monday, Judge Brady ordered the unconditional release of Woodfox and barred a third trial, citing the fact that both of his convictions for the murder of prison guard Brent Miller in 1972 had been overturned.

But a spokesman for the Louisiana attorney general said prosecutors would appeal "to make sure this murderer stays in prison and remains fully accountable for his actions".

Albert Woodfox, 68, is the last of the trio of inmates known as the “Angola Three” whose decades locked up alone at a notorious prison in Louisiana drew international condemnation.

The other two men, Robert King and Herman Wallace, were released in 2001 and 2013 respectively. Wallace died soon after his release pending a new trial. King's conviction was overturned.

Woodfox and Wallace were involved with the Black Panthers, a militant black rights movement formed in 1966 for self-defence against police brutality and racism, which later embraced "revolutionary" struggle as a way of achieving black liberation.

Woodfox, Wallace and King consistently maintained they were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, with convictions only obtained after blatant mistrials.

All three were originally imprisoned on armed robbery convictions.

King, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement, described his experience to the BBC in an interview three years ago.

He said he remained strong but it was "scary" to see how others crumpled through lack of human contact.

The three men have been the focus of a long-running international justice campaign.

 

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