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Honour Anna Mae Pictou Aquash and Harriet Nahanee / Free John Graham and Leonard Peltier

The long arm of the U.S. guided by our courts July 20, 2007

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 12:03 am

The long arm of the U.S. guided by our courts

Letters
The Georgia Straight
Publish Date: July 19, 2007

Sisters Deborah and Denise Maloney Pictou issued a news release stating that John Graham’s coaccused provided a videotaped confession naming Graham as the man who shot their mother, Anna Mae Aquash, 30 years ago [“Graham says Native chiefs under FBI spell”, July 12-19]. What is not mentioned with regards to this is that Arlo Looking Cloud was under the influence of alcohol when he made that “confession”. The U.S. and all “witnesses” against Graham are regurgitating a story made by a self-confessed alcoholic and heroin user who was promised immunity and is now serving life after a four-day trial in the very state Canada is sending Graham to.

There are serious deficiencies in all testimony against Graham, and Canada has miserably failed this man and all of us by risking his life based on hearsay. The Canadian courts are telling me that they cannot and will not look at evidence, that ID is enough, and that trust in the integrity of the U.S. is enough. This extradition indeed paves the way for the U.S. to grab anyone for any reason with no evidence.

> Nicoline Rickard / Vancouver

[Note by Our Freedom editor: Despite Arlo Looking Cloud’s drunken, video-taped, so-called confession, he pleaded not guilty at his trial, unsuccessfully appealed his conviction, and submitted an affidavit through his lawyer to John Graham’s legal defense, stating that he would not testify against Graham.]

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