[sixties-l] Fwd: FBI Director Supports Peltier Frame-up

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Date: Tue Jun 27 2000 - 10:02:09 CUT

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    >June 25, 2000
    >Freeh: Keep Peltier in Prison
    > Filed at 6:00 p.m. EDT
    > By The Associated Press
    >WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marking the 25th anniversary of the slaying of
    >two agents, FBI Director Louis Freeh praised a recommendation
    >against parole for the American Indian activist who was convicted
    >of murdering them but is considered a political prisoner by his
    >``The FBI cannot forget this cold-blooded crime, nor should the
    >American people,'' Freeh said in a written statement Sunday.
    >On June 12, a parole examiner recommended that Leonard Peltier's
    >two consecutive life sentences be continued until his next full
    >parole hearing in 2008. The U.S. Parole Commission will review the
    >examiner's recommendation in the next two months and make a final
    >``It is a testament to the American judicial system and the American
    >people that 25 years have not been able to erase or soften the
    >facts of the case,'' Freeh said, praising the recommendation and
    >noting that Peltier's appeals of his conviction have failed. ``The
    >rule of law has continued to prevail over the emotion of the
    >On June 26, 1975, FBI agents Ronald A. Williams and Jack R. Coler
    >pursued a robbery suspect into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
    >in South Dakota. A shootout erupted with activists from the American
    >Indian Movement, and the agents were first wounded, then shot in
    >the head.
    >Two suspects were acquitted and a third freed for lack of evidence.
    >Peltier, after fleeing to Canada and being extradited to the United
    >States, was convicted and sentenced to consecutive life terms in
    >1977, despite defense claims that evidence against him had been
    >Peltier, 55, has suffered from health problems in recent years,
    >including lockjaw, borderline diabetes and a series of small strokes.
    >He also is said to be nearly blind in one eye.
    >Freeh said the two agents were shot first from 250 yards away and
    >then through the face at close range as they lay wounded.
    >One of Peltier's attorneys, Jennifer Harbury, said earlier this
    >month, ``He is being denied parole because he will not admit he
    >shot the agents in the way the FBI says he did. He is being forced
    >to admit to a crime he did not commit.''
    >Peltier, in an interview published Sunday in the Argus Leader of
    >Sioux Falls, S.D., said, ``I have so much remorse. I think about
    >it a lot.''
    >``I wish I could have prevented it. But I didn't kill those people,
    >and I'm very sorry lives were lost that day,'' said Peltier, who
    >is imprisoned at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.
    >Considered by many supporters to be a political prisoner, Peltier
    >has drawn backing from domestic and international human rights
    >Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark said releasing Peltier
    >would be a step toward reconciliation between the government and
    >American Indians. Amnesty International, the National Council of
    >Churches and the Assembly of First Nations in Canada also have
    >supported Peltier.

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