Letter of support by Yukon Government
Member of Legislative Assembly and Justice Critic for the Opposition,
RE: JOHN GRAHAM EXTRADITION HEARING
First, please accept my congratulations on your recent appointment to
After years of living peacefully in the Yukon and British Columbia, Mr. Graham was arrested in Vancouver on December 1. He now faces possible extradition to the United States to stand trial in respect to the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash in December, 1975.
While I am not in a position to comment on Mr. Graham’s guilt or innocence, I am greatly concerned to see that his case is handled with the utmost respect for due process. Given your own background, I am sure you can appreciate the concerns that many people have with how previous situations involving the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and former members of the American Indian Movement have been handled, specifically the Leonard Peltier case.
I urge you to direct your officials to do everything in their powers to ensure that Mr. Graham receives the full benefits of Canadian justice, and that he not be extradited to the United States without thorough and rigorous scrutiny of the allegations on which an extradition request is based.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.