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French ambassador asks Texas to halt execution

French ambassador asks Texas to halt execution

France's ambassador to the U.S. has asked the governor of Texas to pardon a death row inmate married to a Frenchwoman.
The inmate, Hank Skinner, is scheduled to die Wednesday in Huntsville for the killings of his then-girlfriend and her two adult sons in 1993.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero says "our ambassador in Washington has asked the governor of Texas to pardon Skinner" or to suspend the execution and heed Skinner's request for further investigation.
Skinner maintains his innocence.
Valero told an online briefing Wednesday that President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered "France's support" to Skinner's wife, Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner.
France is firmly opposed to the death penalty.


Updated : 2021-10-19 05:08 GMT+08:00