This is beautiful…
The 59th Republican Ward Executive Committee of Philadelphia, representing the Germantown area, retained a French attorney and filed criminal charges against the French cities of Paris and Saint-Denis last Thursday in connection to the case of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Paris awarded Abu-Jamal honorary citizenship in 2001 and Saint-Denis, a suburb near Paris, named a street after him this year.
Ward Chairman Peter Wirs allege that these actions violate Article 28, Section 2 of the French Penal Code, which impose a five year imprisonment and fine of € 45,000 to anyone who publicly “have glorified the perpetration of a crime” such as murder.
“All the other politicians were talking the talk, but not getting anything done. I’m from the old school. I’m gonna walk the walk and get this resolved,” Wirs said.
The French Communist Party denounced the 59th Republican Ward Executive Committee in their newspaper, L’Humanite, calling the lawsuit a “provocation” that would not dissuade the socialist elected officials of Saint-Denis or cause them to “change their mind since they are defending the values of democracy, the struggle against the death penalty and are willing to act so that there is no more political prisoners in the USA.”
“This is just a fundraising gimmick for them. They keep telling supporters that he’s gonna die at any moment. He’s not even on death row,” Wirs added, noting District Judge William Yohn’s 2001 decision overturning Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, but not his conviction.
Wirs said French journalists gave him unconfirmed reports that the French Communist Party intends to burn him in effigy at an upcoming rally.
Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted for shooting police office Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981 at a traffic stop at 12th and Locust streets in Philadelphia.
Wirs said that after 25 years, justice is required to be served and the Faulkner family deserves closure.
Peter Wirs is my new hero. He’s cutting through all the B.S. and trying to beat the French Government with their own laws. It would be great if someone actually went to jail for the adulation of a convicted cop killer but I know it probably won’t happen. Now if Peter Wirs could get Mumia put back on death row I’d move back to Philly just so I could vote for him.