United Native Americans Press Janet Reno to Reopen Peltier File
11 Nov 1999
Its 1999, why is Leonard Peltier still in prison???
Growing Push Towards Clemency
(Washington DC) The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, in conjunction with the Canadian organization, Assembly of First Nations and the National Congress of American Indians, today, requested a meeting with US Attorney General Janen Reno to discuss the status of the Leonard Peltier case.
"Before Waco there was Peltier. The FBI has been involved in high-level intrigue over the years and Leonard is a victim of this same unguided and misuse of power. We want direct answers and we want them now, stated Gina Chiala, of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Representatives from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, the Assembly of First Nations, the National Congress of American Indians will hold a press conference at the foot of the step of the Department of Justice, Friday, November 12, 1999 at 10 a.m. Amnesty International and Rainbow PUSH have been invited to voice their support. This assembly, representing more than 6 million Native Americans in the US and Canada, will declare their united support for the immediate and unconditional release of Peltier from Leavenworth and state their demands of Attorney General Janet Reno.
In addition, a confidential and until now suppressed document, authored by a former member of the Canadian Parliament will be released. Attesting to the illegality of Peltiers extradition in 1975, this document implies that the manner by which Peltier was extradited was neither consistent with US nor Canadian law. This document only adds to the mounting evidence that suggests Peltier is the victim of government misconduct. Further, it is consistent with other evidence that compels the likes of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other world leaders to call for Peltiers release. This new and compelling evidence from Canada proves that Leonard Peltier definitely has not received justice.
Convinced that the growing evidence of government misconduct will lead to the release of Peltier by way of clemency, parole, or pardon, Chiala concluded, "We know that the US unfairly targeted and prosecuted Leonard Peltier and evidence revealed over the years has only further substantiated this claim. Freedom for Leonard is coming".
Please continue to call, write, fax the White House and your congressperson and senators. We need to let them know that Leonard needs to come home NOW!!! Thanks for your support.
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