Urgent Appeal to save Kosoul Chanthakoummane, sentenced to death
Kosoul Chanthakoummane was born in Illinois on 1/10/1980. He was arrested and later sentenced to death in 2006. In his life he had always worked as a truck driver and warehouse worker, he had never been in prison before. Its execution date has been set for 10 November 2021.
The decision to send him to death did not stop either in the face of the controversial use of evidence obtained under hypnosis and through other practices of very dubious scientific validity, or in the face of the forgiveness and request for clemency by the victim’s father, in the name of his own deep Catholic faith.
An international mobilization, together with the “No Death Penalty” campaign of the Community of Sant’Egidio, is now calling for the execution of the death penalty to be suspended.
Kosoul Chanthakoummane from Polunski death row maintains an important network of support and friendship by mail, also with some friends of the Community of Sant’Egidio. He wrote in a recent letter: “I always believe there are friends out there that I’ve yet to meet and so here I am. Are you familiar with the biblical parable about the mustard seed? It is really a testament to our human condition in the unknown things that we are hesitant to do which requires an extraordinary amount of faith to do. Things we cannot see but believe are there in existence”. “I must now be upfront with you. Unfortunately, I now have an active Death Warrant, an impending execution date scheduled for November 10th, 2021. (…) All I can do is to keep faith in God, that he will work through my attorneys to obtain for me what is known as a “stay of execution”, meaning it will halt my death due to a legal challenge”. “I hope you will pray for me, even if it is just once. No prayers to God are ever wasted”.
In proximity to those who cannot stop suffering a cruel death, we are firmly aware that no reparation can come by putting another 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 can decide for life to stop and consider, as is increasingly happening in the world, every available alternative measure of justice and clemency.