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2 Norwegians sentenced to death for spying in Congo request clemency in letter to president

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A lawyer for two Norwegians sentenced to death for spying in Congo says his clients are requesting clemency from the country's president.

Morten Furuholmen says the two signed a letter Friday asking that Congolese President Joseph Kabila grant them a full pardon or commute their death sentences.

Furuholmen says his clients deny any wrongdoing in the letter, to be delivered to Kabila next week.

A Kisangani court on June 10 convicted Tjostolv Moland and Joshua French, who is also a British citizen, of espionage and the 2009 murder of a local driver.

Furuholmen says the men will not appeal because they have "no faith" in receiving a fair trial.