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US death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal honorary citizen of Paris

The city of Paris made an honorary citizen of celebrated US death row inmate and black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of a white Philadelphia policeman. It is the first time Paris has bestowed the honor since Pablo Picasso was made honorary citizen in 1971, Socialist mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe told an audience of 200 people, taking the occasion to attack the “barbarity” of the death penalty. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther civil rights activist and journalist who has maintained his innocence, had his death sentence overturned in December of 2001 but that decision is currently on appeal. In attacking the “barbarity called the death penalty,” the mayor said “as long as there is a place on this planet where one can be killed in the name of the community, we haven’t finished our work.” Full Story

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