Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Meeting set to defend American fugitive

Jason Flores-Williams
A committee aimed at "building a firewall around" American fugitive Charlie Hill will hold its first organizational meeting on Sept. 10 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Committee to Defend Charlie Hill "will serve as a counter-friction to the politicians who are playing with Mr. Hill’s life to placate their law and order constituency," said Hill's lawyer, Jason Flores-Williams.
The Santa Fe lawyer said:
We will reveal the hypocrisy of those who would whitewash the past and ignore the present. We will work to prevent extradition, but should Mr. Hill be extradited, we will defend his constitutional right to fair trial and the presumption of innocence.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St. in Brooklyn.
Charlie Hill
A committee statement said:
Defending his community against police brutality and government repression (COINTELPRO), Mr. Hill left the Bay Area in 1971 to establish a Southern headquarters to raise funds for schools in Africa. Driving through New Mexico, Mr. Hill was wrongly accused of killing a police officer and forced to flee to Havana, where he has lived in peace for more than 40 years.

Now, major political figures—Senator Rubio, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Udall—are publicly calling for Mr. Hill’s extradition from Cuba. They want to see Mr. Hill die in American prison.
Flores-Williams said Martinez "has exhibited a specific disregard for the presumption of innocence, due process and the burden of proof by writing a highly prejudicial and biased letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry calling for extradition. Governor Martinez is a likely Vice Presidential candidate of the Republican Party. We need shine a light on her indifference to not only Mr. Hill’s constitutional rights, but as Vice President, the constitutional rights the nation."

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