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United States of America: Letter to Fulton County District Attorney concerning the forthcoming death penalty trial of Jamil Al-Amin in Atlanta, Georgia

, Index number: AMR 51/179/2001

In this letter Amnesty International expresses concern over possible anti-Islamic sentiment in the forthcoming murder trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, in which the prosecution intends to seek the death penalty. Of particular concern, in the event of a conviction, is that the prosecution intends to use Jamil Al-Amin's writings in the punishment phase of the trial as "aggravating" evidence for a death sentence. The scope for misuse, or juror misinterpretation - of what may be provocative and unpopular opinions - taken out of context, is too great in the context of a capital sentencing.

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