Leonard Peltier Parole Hearing – 28 July
Published by Diane Warth on 27 July 2009 2 Comments
I feel that it is relevant to point out that Leonard Peltier has been incarcerated for thirty three years based upon what your own courts have admitted was fabricated evidence, both withheld, and then later discovered to be tampered with and questionable. Those very courts have admitted that Leonard Peltier did not commit the murders of the FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1976. lt is clear Leonard Peltier was persecuted because of his beliefs and refusal to accept the injustices imposed upon the people at Pine Ridge during that time.
Because of these facts, I feel that the system has failed and the continued incarceration of Leonard Peltier is a sad commentary on the US government and the humanitarian values Americans profess to have. This innocent person has spent 6 years longer in prison than even Nelson Mandela !!In 2008, Leonard Peltier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the fifth consecutive year.
Amongst his massive contribution to society he has played a key role in getting people from different tribes, with a history of animosity, to come together in peace. He advocates for peaceful resolution of all issues that deal with Native Americans and respect for the rights of others.
Everyone needs to understand how much this ‘true human being’ has moved the World, please take a look at this level of international support http://users.skynet.be/kola/vips.html
I express a deep hope that the parole commission and President Obama will come to their senses and grant parole and release to Leonard Peltier on 28th July 2009. The whole World watches in anticipation!
After serving 33 years behind bars, THE 64-year old Peltier has been granted his second parole hearing since 1993. He has maintained his innocence throughout his time in prison, and is considered by many to be a political prisoner. Peltier’s attorney, Eric Seitz, says Peltier should be released, because he has already served his 30 year mandatory minimum sentence.
“He, by the Parole Commission’s own standards and criteria has served all the minimum time that is required.”
Numerous witnesses testified in favor of Peltier’s release during the 4-hour hearing; and although the government is calling for him to remain in prison, the hearing is seen as Peltier’s best chance in more than 30 years to be released. The hearing commissioner will make his recommendation within 48 hours, then the parole commission then has up to 21 days to make a decision
Robin Carneen, FSRN.