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Protest the Sentencing of Ricardo Palmera Jan. 28

by staff |
January 21, 2008
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera. We urge all our readers to support this campaign.

We demand freedom for Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera. The U.S. imprisonment and trials of Ricardo Palmera are a violation of the sovereignty of Colombia. Palmera has done nothing wrong. To the contrary, he is a freedom fighter in the service of the people of Colombia. Palmera fights against the corruption and terror imposed on his country by President Bush and those dreaming of U.S. Empire.

Professor Palmera is a political prisoner of Bush and company. He is held in solitary confinement outside of Washington D.C. - NO family, NO friends, NO reporters, not even his own Colombian lawyer is allowed to visit. Palmera has committed no crime, but only dedicated his whole life to the Colombian people.

Professor Palmera’s trial is bizarre. The first trial ended in a hung jury, so Palmera was retried on the same charges. At the start of the second trial, Judge Hogan had to step down because he was caught cheating with the U.S. prosecutor Ken Kohl. Hogan’s replacement Judge Lamberth refused to allow Palmera any witnesses. At the same time, Judge Lamberth allowed the U.S. prosecutor dozens of witnesses - paid informants, lying convicted drug runners, and corrupt Colombian government officials.

Picket line and press conference for Ricardo Palmera’s freedom!
Monday, January 28, 2008, 8:30 AM picket line
9:00 AM press conference
Federal Court Building (333 Constitution Ave NW), Washington, D.C.

For more info contact Tom Burke at 773-844-3612 or Mick Kelly at 612-715-3280