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Leonard Peltier

U.S. Prisoner #89637-132
Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier a "political prisoner" who should be "immediately and unconditionally released."
Leonard Peltier, now a great-grandfather, is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations and a tireless advocate for Indigenous Rights.
A participant in the American Indian Movement, he went to assist the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the mid-1970s where, on June 26, 1975, a tragic shoot out occurred.
He was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has been illegally incarcerated since 1976. Federal prosecutors have twice admitted before the Courts of Appeal that they don't know who fired the fatal shots.
The government also has admitted that it isn't known what role Leonard Peltier "may have played" in the incident.
Since his politically motivated prosecution and conviction, proof of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony, has been uncovered.
The Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case, but have failed to take corrective action.
A model prisoner, Leonard continues to maintain his innocence and has consequently been denied fair consideration for parole. Join with numerous internationally recognized human rights organizations, civil rights leaders, celebrities and other luminaries who have called for the immediate release of Leonard Peltier.
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On April 18, 1977, Leonard Peltier was convicted by a jury of two counts of first degree murder. The case against Peltier was circumstantial, no eyewitness to the actual, final killing was produced at trial.
He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
According to subsequent appellate judgments, the defense theory at the trial was that shortly after the murders, agents of the FBI focussed on Peltier as a principal suspect and thereafter conspired to manufacture evidence against him, resorting to threats, intimidation, and subornation in an effort to secure his conviction.
Essentially, the defence alleged an FBI frame-up.
Leonard Peltier---Political Prisoner
Leonard Peltier--- The Nelson Mandela of America?
"Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier to be a political prisoner whose avenues of redress have long been exhausted.
Amnesty International recognizes that a retrial is no longer a feasible option and believes that Leonard Peltier should be immediately
and unconditionally released."
-- Amnesty International, April 6, 1999
"When colonial white society invades and occupies our territories these are not called criminal acts. But when Native people stand up and resist, these acts are considered criminal. But these are not crimes. They are political acts in which our people stand up for their rights of self-determination, self-dignity, and self-respect against the cruel and oppressive might of another nation' It is not a new development for white society to steal from non-white people. When white society succeeds, it is called colonialism. When white society's efforts to colonise other people are met with resistance, it is called war. But when the colonized Indians of North America meet this theft with resistance, we are called criminals."(Leonard Peltier, May 1976)
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