Last week, two innocence organizations in Europe got good news on several cases they have been working on for many months/years.
In the Netherlands, the Knoops Innocence Project obtained the exonerations Andy Melaan and Nozai Thomas in the Dutch Antilles. The Project was able to prove through expert analysis that Thomas was working behind his computer downloading music at the time of the murder, and that Melaan was on the other side of the island (proved via phone records). The Court also accepted that Thomas’ confession was a false confession. The two men served eight and five years in prison respectively. More details here.
In the UK, the Cardiff Innocence Project has had a case referred back to the Court of Appeals by the CCRC. The defendant is Dwaine George, and his murder conviction was based on faulty GSR testimony. More details here. Upon hearing the news, Dwaine said: ‘ I have said from day one that it wasn’t me. I know there are still huge hurdles ahead, but I want to prove my innocence. I just want a chance to get justice, and I want to thank Cardiff’s innocence project students for the work they have done that will hopefully give me that opportunity.’
Congrats to the Knoops and Cardiff Innocence Projects, and more importantly, to Thomas, Meelan and George….