[Ppnews] Free Lucasville 5 political prisoners
Political Prisoner News
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Jan 9 12:19:22 EST 2007
Free the Lucasville 5
In 1995 five innocent men were sent to death row
in connection with the prison uprising
in Lucasville, Ohio in 1993.
Siddique Abdullah Hasan George Skatzes
Jason Robb Namir Abdul Mateen, and Bomani
Hondo Shakur (Keith Lamar) were convicted of capital
murder in relation to the deaths of a guard and nine inmates.
Four of the five were actually involved in
negotiating a resolution of grievances and ending
the uprising. The fifth, Bomani Shakur, was one who simply refused to talk.
None of the Five had any involvement in these
killings or the decision to carry them out. Other
inmates had their sentences reduced in exchange for perjured testimony, which
some of them have now recanted.
When the African-American and specifically the
Muslim defendants were on trial,
the prosecution appealed to racism and anti-Islamic prejudice.
They have been in solitary confinement for 13 long years
and their appeals are running out.
YOU CAN REVERSE
THIS TERRIBLE INJUSTICE
Demonstrate Jan. 14
2-4 pm outside the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP)
in honor of Dr. Martin Luther Kings birthday.
OSP is a supermax prison located
at 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.,
Four of the Lucasville Five are held
in OSP as well as most of Ohios
189 other death row prisoners.
Transportation is being organized
from Cleveland. For bus reservations or more info, call (216) 481-6671
or email <mailto:pfcenter at sbcglobal.net>pfcenter at sbcglobal.net.
Tell Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio to overturn
the convictions of all prisoners with charges
related to the Lucasville rebellion.
TELL HIM TO HALT
Write to Gov. Ted Strickland
77 High Street, 30th Floor,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
FAX (614) 728-4819 or
call him at (614) 728-4900.
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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