To The President of US



To The President of the United States of America,
c/o The Honourable Ambassador Mondale,
1-10-5 Akasaka,

Dear Mr. President,

We are a group of Japanese citizens concerned about the execution of Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. We would like to add our voices to those of Amnesty International, The Pope, the European Parliament and many other people all over the world calling for a new trial.

Much controversy surrounds the original trial, for example; the composition of the jury, the reliability of the witnesses, the competence of Mr. Abu-Jamal's original lawyers, and the holding back of physical evidence supportive of Mr. Abu-Jamal's defense. Furthermore, despite reservations about the fairness of the trial, we cannot help but feel the capital punishment may have been based on Mr. Abu-Jamal's race.

Obviously this is not just an issue of the State of Pennsylvania but an international human rights issue. Your country is the world's leading democratic nation; however, it is a grievous problem when someone is executed for their political opinions and/or race. The American government often mentions the human rights' problems in other nations. Please do not miss the opportunity to set a good example.

We do believe that Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal should at least be given a new trial in a fair environment. We ask you to do anything in your power to persuade Governor Ridge to change his decision and stop the legal murdering. We stress again Mr. Abu-Jamal's treatment badly reflects on the United States of America's judicial system and therefore on your society. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

the signatories