Norwegian-British prisoner released from death row in DRC amid growing health concerns

Norwegian-British prisoner, Joshua French, has been released from prison in DRC on “humanitarian grounds” following growing concerns about his health.

Mr French and his companion Tjostolv Moland were twice sentenced to death in 2009 and 2010 following convictions for numerous offences, including murder and espionage, charges which both men denied.

In 2014 Mr Moland was found dead in their shared prison cell and, despite a post-mortem examination citing suicide as the cause of death, Mr French was convicted of his murder. Mr French’s health has deteriorated significantly following Mr Moland’s death.

The Death Penalty Project has provided legal assistance to French since 2009, working closely with a team of dedicated lawyers and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to resolve the case.