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Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate

Troy Davis is set to be executed for murdering a police officer but supporters say he may be innocent

Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
People take part in a demonstration in Paris, on September 16, 2011 as part of worldwide protest rallies, ahead of a last-ditch parole board hearing for death row inmate US Troy Davis, whose planned execution sparked an international movement (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
Amnesty International activists hold banners in support of Troy Davis in front of the US Embassy in Rome on September 16, 2011, during a protest to denounce the death penalty in the United States (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
Davis is set to be executed September 21 for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer in Savannah, Georgia, but his supporters say there is strong evidence supporting his claim of innocence (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
Defence lawyers mounted a final effort on Monday for Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer even though his supporters say he may be innocent (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
The lawyers were due to present their evidence in Atlanta to Georgia's Board of Pardons and Parole, a five-person panel that will weigh whether to grant or deny clemency or issue a stay of execution of up to 90-days, his supporters said (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
A man writes the word 'execution' with candles as he takes part in a demonstration in Paris, on September 16, 2011 as part of worldwide protest rallies (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
The case has become a cause celebre for opponents of the death penalty because seven out of nine witnesses on whose evidence Davis was convicted have since sworn affidavits recanting their trial testimony (AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds protest around the world to save US death row inmate
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu and Helen Prejean, who wrote the book 'Dead Man Walking,' have issued statements on Davis' behalf. Dozens of people on Monday held a prayer vigil in downtown Atlanta outside the building where the board was deliberating (AFP/Getty Images)