Whereas, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the most prominent political prisoner in the U.S., has been defended by trade unions internationally, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and
The Japanese Rail Union, Doro-Chiba, along with the defense committee for Japanese political prisoner Hoshino Fumiaki, have issued a letter calling for Mumia’s release and the disclosure of all files by the Pennsylvania DA.
Hoshino Fumiaki is Japan’s most famous political prisoner. He was framed for murdering a policeman by the Japanese government in retaliation for protesting against the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, which ratified the continuing US bases in Okinawa, in 1971.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 has passed a resolution calling for full disclosure of all the police and prosecutorial files in Mumia’s case. A link to the resolution, and an accompanying letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, is below:
The files are necessary in order to determine the involvement of then-Philadelphia DA, and later Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ron Castille’s involvement in calling for the death penalty for Mumia. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that a judge cannot preside over appeals by a prisoner for whom he was personally involved in seeking the death penalty, and the files, which the Philadelphia DA refuses to provide, undoubtedly contain documents showing Castille’s personal involvement.