Sunday, November 12, 2006

Philadelphia Files Complaint Against French For "Mumia Street"

(Pic of "Mumia Street After French Activists Renamed it for Daniel Faulkner)

The city of Philadelphia filed a complaint for "excusing crime" against the towns of Paris and Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) for honoring the African American prisoner [scil., convicted murderer] Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer [Daniel Faulkner] in 1982, attorney Gilbert Collard told AFP .
"The depositions for +excusing crime+ were sent by registered mail Thursday to the public ministries of Paris and Bobigny", the Marseilles lawyer said, confirming a report by the daily newspaper France Soir.

In this case, attorney Collard represents, with New York attorney Martin Bozmarov, the interests of the city of Philadelphia where Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted for the murder of a police officer, a crime which he has always denied.

"The aim is not to oppose those against the death penalty, but the city of Philadelphia finds abnormal the principle of using honorary citizenship (in Paris, ed.) or the naming of a street (in Saint-Denis, ed.) for someone found guilty, whether sentenced to death or life imprisonment", attorney Collard told AFP, recalling that he himself opposed capital punishment.]

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