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Judge's decision on Tre Arrow's Extradition

This morning Tre Arrow was committed for extradition to the US.
He will exercise his right to appeal this decision all the way.
Mr. Tre Arrow was ordered to be committed for extradition by Judge Kirstie Gill this morning, July 7, 2005. This means the judge's functions are done, and the extradition process now goes into the hands of the Minister, subject of course to Tre's right of appeal, which he plans to file-a notice of appeal-Mr. Tre Arrow will absolutely appeal this decision.

Basically, Judge Gill didn't accept Tim Russell's arguments; she chose to accept the Crown's. She found that she has no jurisdiction to consider the constitutional issues that Tim presented-and found that in this context, she wasn't going to engage the co-conspirators exception to the heresay rule. In considering those elements, she committed Tre for extradition.

Again, Mr. Tre Arrow will exercise the appeal process of Canada to the fullest extent possible, as he would NOT receive a fair trial in the United States of America.

The vultures of corporate, mass media have slain his name internationally for years, (which he LEGALLY changed in 2000 just before garnishing 15,000 votes for Congress in Portland, Oregon); corporate media have branded him despicable things and disgracefully perpetuated sensationalized misinformation to sell their inaccurate and biased stories.

A man of fine character, Mr. Tre Arrow, will not receive due process. Tre Arrow's idea is to protect the planet. He used effective means of PEACEFUL activism, spoke rationally and with clarity, and people listened, sales of old growth forests were stopped. That's why he was a threat and that's why he's been targeted.

But the man faces two life sentences, and this is an abomination!
FREE TRE ARROW!!
the article, not the editorial 07.Jul.2005 12:57

anon

Canada to Extradite U.S. Firebomb Suspect
- By JEREMY HAINSWORTH, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, July 7, 2005


(07-07) 10:15 PDT VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -
A court on Thursday ordered the extradition of suspected
eco-terrorist Tre
Arrow, one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives, to face
firebombing charges
in the United States.


Arrow, born Michael Scarpitti, is accused of participating
in the 2001
firebombing of logging and cement trucks in Oregon. The
FBI claims he is
associated with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a group
that has claimed
responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the
past few years.


British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Kristi Gill ruled
that there was
enough evidence against Arrow to have him extradited to
face federal
charges. His lawyer said he would appeal, a process that
could take
months.


The former U.S. Green Party candidate for Congress in 2000
who says the
trees told him to change his name last week told the
court that he was
innocent of the charges and a target of a government
conspiracy.


"I am innocent of the charges the U.S. government is
trying to pin on me,"
Arrow said. "Just as many other activists have
experienced, I am being
targeted by the U.S. government and the FBI, not because I
am guilty but
because I have chosen to challenge the status quo."


In extradition cases, Canadian prosecutors represent the
extraditing
state, in this case the United States. For an extradition
to be ordered,
the B.C. Supreme Court had to find there was sufficient
evidence to
convict Arrow on the same charges in Canada.


Prosecutor Rosellina Patillo said evidence from the United
States Attorney
in Oregon indicated Arrow was among four conspirators
involved in the
bombings of a gravel company and a logging company between
April and June
of 2001. The evidence comes from statements of Arrow's three
coconspirators who have pleaded guilty to the bombings at
a Mount Hood
logging company.


The suspects intended to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service
office, but
abandoned the idea after they found the security system
was too tight,
Patillo said.


She said the Ross Island Gravel Company was targeted
"because it was
guilty of stealing soil from the earth." In that attack,
three trucks were
blown up and the damage was $200,000. The second attack,
on June 1, 2001,
was against a Mount Hood logging company. They placed
incendiary devices
under seven vehicles, damaging three at a cost of $50,000.


She said that in each case, the incendiary device was a
plastic container
filled with gas; the fuse was a stick of incense with
matches attached to
it.


Arrow's lawyer, Tim Russell, contends the evidence against
him from his
coconspirators is hearsay and inadmissible in a Canadian
court.


Arrow is seeking refugee status in Canada, but that
process has been
suspended pending the outcome of the extradition hearings,
his lawyer
said.


The 30-year-old Arrow contends he won't get a fair trial
in the United
States because of the FBI's assertion that his alleged
crimes are acts of
terrorism. He faces federal charges in Oregon of using
fire to commit a
felony, destroying vehicles used in interstate commerce
and using
incendiary devices in a crime of violence. The charges
carry up to a
combined 80 years in prison.


URL:
 http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/07/07/international/i095919D17.DTL

Solidarity 07.Jul.2005 14:09

Matilda

Thanks, Shawna, for keeping us informed about this important development. There are many of us who were not able to get up to Canada for the hearings, but who will be here for him if he is extradited.

By the way, anon, Shawna's article is much more informative and less "editorial" as far as I can see than your corporate repost. At least her biases are up front, not veiled in the garb of professional lies. Look again, anon. There is nothing "objective" about the story you felt compelled to repost.

Even Less Hope 07.Jul.2005 23:43

neon

I'm afraid Tre Arrow has even less hope in Canada after what happened in London. Those accused of any type of terroist act will surely not get much in the way of consideration.