Socialist Worker

Remember those in prison over Xmas

Issue No. 1779

Socialist Worker asks our readers to send cards, letters or messages of support to people who are unjustly locked up in prison this Christmas. Among the miscarriages of justice are:

SATPAL RAM, who has now been locked up for over 16 years. Despite evidence that Satpal acted in self defence after a racist attack, he remains imprisoned. Even the Criminal Cases Review Commission described Satpal as having undergone a 'prolonged and vicious racial attack'. For more information on activities and events in support of Satpal visit www.appleonline.net/satpal

Satpal Ram, HMP Blantyre House, Horden, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2NH.


SAMAR ALAMI and JAWAD BOTMEH, wrongly convicted of conspiracy in 1996. Samar is a Lebanese Palestinian and Jawad is Palestinian. The conspiracy was allegedly linked to the bombing of the Israeli embassy at Balfour House in London in 1994.

They were both sentenced to 20 years in prison, after which they will be deported.

Since their conviction a vibrant campaign to highlight their case has gained a great deal of support. For information visit www.freesaj.org.uk/index

Samar Alami, HMP Cookhamwood, Rochester, Kent ME1 3LU.

Jawad Botmeh, HMP Frankland, PO Box 40, Frankland, Brasside, Durham DH1 5YD.


WINSTON SILCOTT, who remains in prison even though he was cleared in 1991 of the murder of PC Blakelock during riots at the Broadwater Farm estate.

Winston Silcott, HMP Stoken, Hall Road, Stretton, Leicester LE15 7RD.


ISTIAQ AHMED, who has been imprisoned for 12 years for the 'Reading bedsit murder'. He has protested his innocence throughout, and his campaign is continuing to win widespread backing.

Istiaq Ahmed, WV2288, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey GU24 9EX


ZOORA SHAH is serving a life sentence for killing a man who befriended her and subjected her to 12 years of abuse. She has three children. Her imprisonment has destroyed her life and her family.

Zoora Shah, HMP Newhall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, Yorkshire WF4 4AX.


Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row for over 20 years after being framed for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer. Mumia, a former Black Panther, has become internationally known as a political writer and campaigner. His case has inspired thousands of supporters. International demonstrations took place last weekend in several countries. In the US over 1,000 people demonstrated in Philadelphia to protest at '20 stolen years' and to demand that Mumia is freed now.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI Greene, 175 Progress Drive, Waynesburg, PA15370, United States.


Colin Davies, the medical marujiana campaigner, at present in Strangeways Prison.

Colin Davies, Hospital Wing, Strangeways Prison, Salford.


Anti-capitalists

'I am an anti-capitalist, a socialist and a trade unionist. I came to Gothenburg to demonstrate because I want a different world.' That's what Luigino Longo, known as Gigi, told a Swedish court as he was sentenced to two years in jail for joining last June's protest at the European Union summit in Gothenburg.

Gigi is just one of the dozens of people arrested and jailed in the wake of the series of protests that saw 30,000 people on the streets of the Swedish city. Some will be in jail through Christmas and beyond. The wave of arrests and jailings followed the unprovoked attack on the Gothenburg demonstrators by Swedish police.

The police also shot down three demonstrators during the protests, including 19 year old Swede Hannes Westberg, who almost died from his wounds. Hannes was then sentenced to eight months in jail. Gigi is a 43 year old Italian worker who lives in Norway and has a serious heart condition.

He was originally charged with throwing a stone which injured a policeman during the protests. Gigi furiously denied the charge, and on his recent appeal the Swedish court acquitted him of it. Despite that acquittal Gigi was not freed. Instead his original two and half year sentence was merely reduced to two years.

The campaign has won wide backing from trade unions, students, academics and prominent personalities across Norway and beyond. 'Gigi is in jail on purely political grounds. He is charged now with the vague 'violent disorder' with no specific evidence,' says Andreas, who like Gigi is a member of the International Socialists, Socialist Worker's Norwegian sister organisation.

Paul Robinson, a UNISON union member from London, is also still in jail in Sweden. He was jailed for a year for the 'crime' of rolling a stone along the ground. Paul is due to be released early next year but will be behind bars through Christmas and the new year.

His campaign has won wide support from UNISON branches in Britain. He has received over 90 books sent in solidarity-so many that he is asking supporters to send cards, newspapers and magazines, but no more books as he won't be able to carry them home on his release!

A Swedish TV documentary recently exposed that the police had tampered with video evidence used in the case of Hannes Westberg, adding sound effects to make the incident in which he was shot seem more menacing to the police.

Luigino Longo, 030458 Box 216, 40123 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Paul Robinson, KVA Karlskoga, Box 7, 69121 Karlskoga, Sweden


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Sat 15 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
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