News

Family: Mumia Abu-Jamal treated for diabetes complications

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2015 1:14 PM
mumia_abu_jamal2.jpg

Photo by AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File

In this July 12, 1995 file photo, Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia's City Hall after a hearing.

(Pottsville) -- Family members and supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal say the former death row inmate was rushed to a Pennsylvania hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes.

Abu-Jamal's wife, brother and lawyers spoke outside Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, where he was taken Monday for treatment.

They say his blood sugar was dangerously high and he could have slipped into a diabetic coma.

Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner.

His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he's the victim of a racist justice system.

His family is complaining that state prison officials failed to provide him with proper medical care.

An earlier story is below:

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has been hospitalized, but his lawyer says prison officials won't tell him why.

Attorney Bret Grote says his client is in the critical care unit of a Schuylkill County hospital. 

Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he's the victim of a racist justice system. 

Grote says neither he nor Abu-Jamal's brother, Keith Cook, have been allowed in to see him. 

Prison officials won't comment on inmate medical conditions or hospitalizations.

A spokesman for Pottsville's Schuylkill Medical Center says he had no information about Abu-Jamal.  

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »