JOHN GRAHAM EXTRADITED TO THE US: PRESS CONFERENCE *DEC 8th*
As most of you know, Harriet Nahanee was a great supporter of John Graham.
Yesterday he was Extradited to the US....please show your support for him by forwarding this message or attending the press conference tomorrow (Saturday December 8th, 2007).
****All supporters of John Graham are invited and encouraged to please attend
this emergency press conference to show your support for John Graham and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONFERENCE BY FAMILY OF JOHN GRAHAM,
YUKON TUTCHONE NATIVE EXTRADITED TO THE UNITED STATES
==> Saturday December 8 @ 10:30 am at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Side)
==> Press Conference with Statements from the family of John Graham and
Friday December 7, 2007 – The family of John Graham and supporters of
John Graham will be making statements to the media about John Graham's
extradition to the United States on Thursday December 6, 2007 after a
refusal by the Supreme Court of Canada to hear Graham's appeal.
His supporters continue to criticize the unjust extradition process and
the allegations that Graham murdered Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Anna Mae Pictou.
Former FBI regional director Norm Zagrossi has himself stated it "looked
like a cover-up" (CBC The Fifth Estate). Rex Wyler, Pulitzer-prize winning
journalist and author, has raised many doubts about the evidence against
John Graham has received support letters from a wide range of
organizations including Canadian Labour Congress, Native Youth Movement,
Chief Capilano of the Squamish Nation, BC Teachers for Peace and Global
Education, BC Hospital Employees Union, Stopwar.ca, Council of Yukon First
Nations, BC Federation of Labour. Amnesty International has also stated
concern about the lack of a fair trial.
Both the B.C. Supreme Court extradition judge and the B.C. appeal court
ruled there were deficiencies in the record of the case given to the
courts by U.S. officials. However the 1999 Extradition Treaty between the
United States and Canada lowers the burden of proof to include hearsay
evidence, which would not be admitted in a Canadian criminal court. Graham
and his lawyers have previously stated they would welcome a trial in
Canada, where the fake evidence could be exposed.
A key witness Arlo-Looking Cloud recanted his testimony stating that he
was coerced and under the influence of alcohol. Another prosecution
witness Kamook Banks admitted she was paid $43,000 to cooperate with the
FBI. One witness Al Gates that U.S. Attorney Robert Mandel stated would be
available for trial had been dead for nine months. Another witness Frank
Dillon has denied making any incriminating statements against Graham.
Supporters claim there are parallels to Leonard Peltier, who was
extradited from Vancouver in 1976 based on FBI affidavits signed by Myrtle
Poor-Bear, who claimed to be Peltier's girlfriend. It is now widely
reported that Poor-Bear had never met Peltier and had been intimidated by
the FBI. In 1979 former US solicitor general Warren Allmand acknowledged
this and formally apologized. 50 Canadian MPs have since submitted an
amicus curiae recognizing the grave mistake made in Peltier's extradition.
Between 1973-75, an estimated 67 American Indian Movement members or
associates were killed in South Dakota by Bureau of Indian Affairs police
and a paramilitary squad- Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOON's). By this
time, the FBI had also targeted AIM with a counter-insurgency campaign
entitled COINTEL-PRO (Counter-Intelligence Program). COINTEL-PRO was also
used to target communist & socialist groups, the anti-Vietnam War
movement, and the Black Panther Party.
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