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Graham has support as he prepares defence

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 02:53 PM CST

WHITEHORSE - Yukoner John Graham had barely been released from jail last week when members of Amnesty International lined up to support him.

John Graham and his daughter Chusia

John Graham and his daughter Chusia

The Yukon man is charged with the 1975 murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash in South Dakota. Graham is about to face extradition to the U.S. to stand trial for her death.

But some people, including members of Amnesty International, feel he won't get a fair trial.

Jennifer Wade is worried this is a repeat of the Leonard Peltier case in the mid-70's. Wade believes there was a miscarriage of justice in that case, and she is worried the same thing could happen to Graham.

Bob Newbrook, a former municipal police officer from Hinton, Alberta says he and his partner are the officers who arrested Leonard Peltier. He now believes that Peltier was railroaded and feels that could also happen in this case.

"I don't know if John Graham is innocent or guilty," he said. "All I want is to be sure he receives a fair and just trial."

Jennifer Wade of Amnesty International is concerned about Graham's right to a free trial

Jennifer Wade of Amnesty International is concerned about Graham's right to a free trial

Both Wade and Newbrook will be watching Graham's extradition proceedings closely. That hearing is set for Mar. 1.






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