Bethnal Green bookworms raise cash for Amnesty International

AMNESTY International’s Tower Hamlets and City Group marked its 30th anniversary with a fundraising book sale at the weekend.

Shoppers browsed books donated by the Guardian, Observer, Times and Macmillan Books which were available to buy from 50p upwards at the sale in the Rich Mix arts centre in Bethnal Green Road on Sunday.

A selection of DVDs and CDs were also on sale and all profits will go to Amnesty International.

The Tower Hamlets and City Group were also seeking support for the campaign to release Hakamada Iwao, believed to be the world’s longest serving death row inmate.

He was convicted after an unfair trial in Japan in 1968, principally on the basis of a confession extracted under duress, which he later retracted.