Mumia Abu-Jamal's brother may testify

Those who have been following the case of former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, on death row in Pennsylvania, will be interested to hear that Mumia's brother, Bill Cook, who witnessed the shooting of the police officer that Mumia was convicted killing, faced such extreme threats and harassment from the police that he was driven into hiding. According to a recent Equal Justice USA newsletter, "After two years without contact with family or friends, Bill came forward in August, indicating that he could testify to Mumia's innocence.

"The police immediately unearthed two outstanding warrants for his arrest, meaning that once he appeared in court, he would be remanded to police custody. Deathly afraid of the police, he failed to appear in Judge Sabo's court as scheduled on September 12. Instead, he sent a message attesting to Mumia's innocence via attorneys. Should a higher court recognize the need to hold another evidentiary hearing free from the current climate of police intimidation, we will finally hear Bill Cooks' vital testimony."

Equal Justice USA can be reached at P.O. Box 5206, Hyattsville, MD 20782. (301) 699-5007--Hotline for Up-to-Date information on Mumia's case.

To reach the Gainesville Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal, call 373-7465 to get involved and to be called about meeting times.

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