SA man pardoned in US

2012-03-11 14:38

Johannesburg - A South African man convicted of being an accessory to murder and carjacking in the US has received a pardon and could be deported back to his home country, Reuters reports.

Azikiwe "Azi" Kambule, who had been sentenced to 35 years in jail, was one of more than 200 prisoners pardoned by former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour in January, before he left office.

Kambule left prison in Mississippi on Friday and was detained in Louisiana on an immigration charge. According to Reuters he may be deported back home.

He was convicted more than 15 years ago of carjacking and being an accessory to murder in the death of a Jackson, Mississippi, social worker.

Kambule's lawyer, Rob McDuff, said his youth at the time and the lengthy 35-year prison sentence were factors in Barbour granting him full clemency.

"He was a 17-year-old kid in a new country who was pressured by an older person into going along while that person carjacked and killed a woman," Reuters quoted McDuff saying.

"Azi was somebody who got caught up in something that went much further than anybody ever intended."

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-11 14:54

    Is see we export as well not bad. Germans export their cars Japan Cheap electronics We our Criminals. Each country has something to over the world

  • Mari Theologo - 2012-03-11 14:59

    And now he is coming home?

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-11 16:58

      He has international experience, he'll make a good criminal here at home.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-11 15:24

    Yeah... We dont want him.

  • John - 2012-03-11 15:42

    PLEASE DON'T..... we don't want him him back...

  • Kevin - 2012-03-11 16:24

    We do not want him back. We have a surplus of carjackers. The 35 year sentence was good but the Americans are probably saying why must we feed the thug.Send him home. Can he at least complete his sentence in a jail here as we do not want him on the streets.

  • Geronimo - 2012-03-11 16:38

    Another South African criminal abroad giving us a bad name. Keep the scum.

  • Nadine Booyse - 2012-03-11 17:14

    Wow, I didn't realize South Africa was exporting their hijackers. Why don't we export more to places like Afghanistan or Iran or even Syria. It could restore Safety in south Africa.

  • SALife - 2012-03-11 17:36

    I suppose the Americans don't want foreigners fillings up their prizons so they will send this criminal back to SA where he will be deemed to be a free man?

  • Gartjie - 2012-03-11 17:55

    Azi was only 17 at the time,a young A grade student who just wanted to 'fit-in' with new friends in the states. Little did he know his new cool friend was a criminal. He was regarded as an accomplist to a murder he did not commit. Talk about the wrong place at the wrong time. I am happy for the relief his family is feeling, this must have been painful all these years. The real killer is now serving life without parole. This is justice.

      Fidel - 2012-03-11 21:06

      Accomplist? Accomplice!

      nkululeko.mabena - 2012-03-12 21:54

      This is indeed justice delayed, i hope this brings peace of mind and rest to azi's whole family. Azi was a victim of peer pressure in a foreign land where his father had accepted a job opportunity and migrated the family for what seemed a great opportunity for the family. I am glad he is coming back home, when i get back to SA i will pass by his house. His mistake has cost him enough and i hope prison has not hardened him.

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