Department of Justice
Release of materials concerning the extradition of
Leonard Peltier

**Posted to the web October 15, 1999

OTTAWA, October 15, 1999 – The Honourable Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the release of materials pertaining to a departmental review of the 1976 extradition of Leonard Peltier from Canada to the United States.

In 1994, the then Minister of Justice, the Honourable Allan Rock, asked Department of Justice officials to conduct a review of Mr. Peltier’s extradition file. That process has been completed, and Minister McLellan is now releasing the file review to the public.

After fully considering the matter, Minister McLellan concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States. The reasons for her conclusions have been detailed in a letter sent to the Honourable Janet Reno, United States Attorney General.

The following materials are being released today:

Letter to the Honourable Janet Reno, United States Attorney General;
File Review and Appendices; and
Summary of the extradition proceedings in the case of Leonard Peltier including the
news release of the Statement by the Honourable Ron Basford, December 17, 1976.

These documents are available on the Department of Justice Web Site at
The appendices to the file review can be obtained by calling the Department of Justice at (613) 957-4222.

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    Line Chabot-Racine                                 Irčne Arseneau
Director of Communications Public Affairs
Minister’s Office Department of Justice
(613) 992-4621 (613) 957-4207

Letter to me from Anne McLellan
Letter from Anne McLellan to Janet Reno
Canadian release of extradition information
Summary of Canadian extradition information
File review of the extradition
News release Dec. 17, 1976
Comments from Dennis Banks ref: Leonard
CNN/Time "show" about Leonard
LPDC comments about the CNN "show"
Myrtle Poor Bear affidavits
International Office of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

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