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Nieuws, gepost door: vrienden van mumia op 07/09/2016 09:03:22

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Mumia Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence for 35 years but the state is still trying to kill him, this time by refusing to treat him for Hepatitis C.


US District Court Judge Robert Mariani has denied a request from former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal for a life-saving medication that could cure his hepatitis C. Mumia has been in prison in Pennsylvania since he was convicted of killing a police officer in 1981. He has always maintained his innocence, and Amnesty International said he didn’t receive a fair trial. His death sentence was overturned in 2011 on constitutional grounds, and he is now serving life without parole. Last year, Mumia sued to receive an antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, after he was placed in critical condition and officials said he was not sick enough to be eligible. The medication has about a 95 percent cure rate. But it costs the state about $55,000 for a 12-week course of the drug.

On Aug 31, Judge Robert Mariani denied a motion for preliminary injunction that would have let him order the treatment. The denial was based on a technicality that the lawsuit should have named the state’s hepatitis C committee for prisoner treatment instead of targeting the warden and the prison system’s medical chief. Even as the judge denied Mumia Abu-Jamal’s motion, he also found that Pennsylvania’s hepatitis C protocol for prisoners fails to meet constitutional standards and could prolong suffering. Pennsylvania treats just about five of more than 6,000 prisoners who are infected with hepatitis C. This mirrors untreated epidemics in prisons around the country.

This is yet another example of the contortions and acrobatics that have long been employed by the courts to deny justice to Mumia, and thousands of other defendants.

For more information below is a link to an article that appeared in the Guardian Sept. 1:

don't forget to write to: Governor Tom Wolf
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg,PA 17120, USA
phone: (717)787 2500
or President Barack Obama
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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