PARIS, June 28, 2001 ( – A three-judge panel in Rennes, France decided this morning to extradite James Charles Kopp only on the condition that “the death penalty will not be requested, pronounced or applied.” AP reports the measure now goes to the French Prime Minister for final approval. U.S. A letter from the US Embassy in Paris stated that the U.S. Government will not seek the death penalty for Kopp, if he is found guilty.

Kopp, has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence in the shooting death of abortionist Barnett Slepian. Before the hearing today in France Kopp said to reporters: “Who killed Dr. Slepian? That’s the only question you should ask.”

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