Urgent Appeal on Behalf of Mohawk Political Prisoner
*please forward widely*
Monday, December 11
At his bail review hearing [December 11], Six Nations political prisoner Trevor Miller was again denied bail, and has been remanded to the Hamilton detention center until the date of his next hearing, which is not until January 8.
The judge presiding over his bail hearing, was none other than the notorious David Marshall, the same judge who owns large tracts of land on Six Nations land and who has been biased against Six Nations in earlier court hearings. (Marshall was the judge who issued the earlier injunction against the reclamation site which led to the [Ontario Provincial Police] raid. He also repeatedly called for the OPP to enforce his decision to clear the people of Six Nations from the reclamation site until his ruling was overturned by a higher court.)
Appearing before the judge, Trevor stated that he was not a Canadian citizen, but a Mohawk and a member of the Six Nations and argued that the court had no jurisdiction over him. He asked to be allowed to leave with his people and maintained that he was being held against the terms of the two row wampum. Stuart Myiow of the Traditional Mohawk Council then requested that Miller be released to the traditional Council which will guarantee his appearance at all forthcoming court hearings. (There is precedent for this as the Traditional Mohawk Council has intervened in previous court hearings and had prisoners released to them.)
Judge Marshall claimed that he did not have the jurisdiction under Canadian law to release Miller and that Miller must be treated the same as everyone else. He advised Miller and his supporters that if they disagreed with him their only recourse was to appeal his decision.
Over 40 supporters were present at the courthouse and they were firm in expressing their support for Miller. Press interviews were held on the steps of the courthouse, and a video of Stuart Myiow and Janie Jamieson speaking to the press (is) available on the Autonomy and Solidarity web site (check out http://auto_sol.tao.ca).
Funds are urgently needed to pay for the legal costs incurred by Trevor and his family in fighting these charges. Please make checks payable to "Gertrude Miller" and mail them to P.O. Box 221, Ohsweken, N0A 1M0.
You can also write Trevor directly at:
165 Barton street east