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  Governor Spares Life of Mexican National; Victim's Family Protest Action
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ContributorGerald Farinas 
Last EditedGerald Farinas  May 14, 2004 02:30pm
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MediaNews Service - Associated Press
News DateFriday, May 14, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGovernor Spares Life of Mexican National; Victim's Family Protest Action
The Honolulu Advertiser

Gov. Brad Henry spared the life of a convicted murderer from Mexico, a gesture hailed by foreign officials and denounced by a relative of one of the victims. Henry commuted the death sentence of Osbaldo Torres to life in prison without parole. The Pardon and Parole Board earlier this month recommended clemency for Torres, who had been scheduled to die Tuesday for the 1993 deaths of Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez.

Torres is one of 51 Mexicans on death row nationwide cited in a March 31 ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. The world court found the inmates' rights were violated because they were not told they could receive help from their governments as guaranteed by the 1963 Vienna Convention.

"I knew it was all going to be politics," said Yanez's brother, Jim Garcia. "I'm so frustrated and mad right now. I'm upset that we let the Mexicans come over here and have more power than us."
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