Sign the appeal. Save Kosoul. His execution is set for 17th August 2022

Sentenced to death: Kosoul Chanthakoummane
Execution date: 17 August 2022
Place of execution: Huntsville, Texas United States

Kosoul Chanthakoummane was born in Illinois on 1/10/1980. He was arrested and later sentenced to death for the July 8, 2006 murder of Sarah Walker. His execution was later stayed by a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which sent his case back to the Collin County Circuit Court to review some controversial claims, especially about the use of evidence obtained under hypnosis and through other practices of highly questionable scientific validity, so much so that these were later deemed invalid. Kosoul also received forgiveness and a request for clemency from the victim’s father, in the name of his own deep Catholic faith.

His execution had been set for November 2021, halted thanks to widespread international mobilization, supported by the Community of Sant’Egidio’s “No Death Penalty” campaign. It has since been rescheduled for next 17/8/2022. We therefore have less than a month to send appeals and call for a halt to the execution.

Kosoul Chanthakoummane from Polunsky’s death row maintains by mail an important network of support and friendship, including with some friends from the Community of Sant’Egidio. To get to know him better and to understand his feelings we quote an excerpt from a recent letter he wrote to his pen pal: “Unfortunately, I have a scheduled execution date of November 10, 2021. (…) I will keep my faith in God alive, keep hope that my lawyers can obtain for me what is known as a “stay of execution,” which will stop my death for legal review. I hope you will pray for me, even if only once. No prayer to God is ever wasted”.

In our closeness to those who cannot cease to suffer a cruel death, we are firmly aware that no reparation can come by still putting a human being to death. There is no justice without life. There is no justice without considering, in the face of the greatest evil, the reasons for mercy. We ask those who may decide for life to stop and consider, as is increasingly happening in the world, every available alternative measure of justice and mercy.

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