Magazine article New Internationalist

Framed: Suspect Case against Jailed Activist (American Indian Activist Leonard Peltier Should Not Have Been Extradited to US from Canada)

Magazine article New Internationalist

Framed: Suspect Case against Jailed Activist (American Indian Activist Leonard Peltier Should Not Have Been Extradited to US from Canada)

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THE two - decade - long fight by Native American Indian activist Leonard Peltier to clear his name may be about to enter a new phase. Peltier, a feisty 50 - year - old Lakota - Chippewa, is serving two consecutive life sentences (50 years) in Leavenworth Prison, Kansas for the alleged murder in 1975 of two FBI agents in the United States.

Soon after the shootings Peltier fled to Canada and immediately sought political asylum. Washington asked for a quick extradition and it wasn't long before Peltier was back in a US courtroom. Now, after years of pressure from human - rights campaigners, the Canadian Government has finally agreed to review its decision to extradite.

Was Peltier framed? It seems likely. When it became clear that there was insufficient evidence to charge him and thus no basis for his extradition, the FBI set about concocting it.

The case was based on two affidavits sworn by Myrtle Poor Bear, an Indian woman with a history of mental illness. She signed conflicting affidavits saying she saw Peltier shoot two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation. …

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