SOCIALIST WORKER asks our readers to send cards or letters of support to victims of miscarriages of justice at Christmas. They include:
ISHTIAQ HAS had his appeal against his wrongful conviction for murder turned down. His family was in the court of appeal on Friday of last week and were shocked to hear the overwhelming case for his innocence thrown out.
Three judges did not believe a witness had genuinely changed her mind. Evidence was presented that she had retracted her original statement, which was crucial to Ishtiaq Ahmed's conviction.
Ishtiaq Ahmed has now spent over 13 years in prison. He told Socialist Worker in a recent interview that letters of support made an enormous difference in coping with prison.
Write to Ishtiaq Ahmed, WV2288, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey GU24 9EX. Visits number 01483 474 659.
SEVERAL ASIAN men were given long sentences for defending their communities against the Nazis in Burnley last year.
Tariq Saddique, GK8480, HMP Risley, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6BP; Mohammed Maroof Bashir, GK8481, HMP Risley, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6BP. Abdul Rahim Kayani, JA6670, Unit 3, HMYOI Thorn Cross, Arley Road, Appleton Thorn, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4RL; Abdul Karim Kayani, EA6614, Unit 4, HMTOI Thorn Cross, Arley Road, Appleton Thorn, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4RL.
For more details, and details of others imprisoned, phone the Burnley campaign on 07970 968 237. There is also a campaign to reduce the sentences of those jailed for defending their area in Bradford. Phone 07966 215 696.
Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh
SAMAR AND Jawad were wrongly convicted of conspiracy in 1996. The conspiracy was allegedly linked to the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London.
They were both sentenced to 20 years in prison. Samar is a Lebanese Palestinian and Jawad is a Palestinian. A new report, 'Infinite Injustice', detailing the case, along with other information can be found on www.freesaj.org.uk
Write to Samar Alami, RL1436, HMP Send, Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey GU23 7LJ; Jawad Botmeh, EP3888, Carling Unit, HMP Rye Hill, Onley Park, Willoughby, near Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8SZ.
Mumia 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.
Write to Mumia Abu-Jamal, #AM8335, 175 Progress Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370, United States.