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American Indian activist Leonard Peltier marks 40 years in prison



Leonard Peltier has been in prison for longer than he was a free man. He was convicted in 1977 of murdering two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in June 1975, despite serious concerns about the fairness of his trial.
Saturday marks his 40th year in US custody, the American Indian Movement (AIM) leader writes in his open letter published by CounterPunch.

The 71-year-old, who admits he’s “not sure I have much time left”, is still being held in a maximum security penitentiary.

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“I have been classified as a medium security prisoner now for at least 15 years, and BOP (Bureau of Prisons) regulations say elders shall be kept in a less dangerous facility/environment. But NOT if you’re Leonard Peltier, I guess,” he laments.


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