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Death row Briton thanks Amnesty
Mirza Tahir Hussain (left) and his brother Amjad Hussain
Mr Hussain and his brother Amjad addressed the meeting
A British man who escaped death row in Pakistan has thanked the human rights organisation which championed his fight for freedom at an event in Edinburgh.

Mirza Tahir Hussain, 36, from Leeds, faced execution for 18 years until he was freed in November after a campaign led by Amnesty International.

Mr Hussain and his brother Amjad thanked Amnesty at its annual meeting which was attended by 400 members.

He was jailed for the alleged killing of a taxi driver, a charge he denied.

In the weeks leading up to his release, his case drew the attention of the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Also speaking at the event was Gege Katana, a prominent women's rights activist for the past 25 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amnesty has 250,000 members and supporters in the UK and nearly two million across the world.

Speaking ahead of the event, the organisation's UK director, Kate Allen, said: "Today represents the biggest gathering of our supporters and I'm delighted this year we're meeting in Edinburgh.

"With terrific speakers, some lively debates and a busy timetable of workshops and exhibitions, this will be a tremendous occasion, bringing together Amnesty members from all over the UK."


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