Calls mounting in US for release of African-American Imam

375358_Jamil Abdullah al-Amin From PressTV:

Calls are growing in the US for the release of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, a jailed African-American Imam.

The 70-year-old Imam, who has been held in the United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility since 2007, is suffering from a rare form of blood cancer.

ADX Florence or the Alcatraz of the Rockies is a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Supermax prisons are “control-unit” prisons, or units within prisons, which represent the most secure levels of custody in the prison sys
tems of certain countries.

Press TV’s Marizeh Hashemi has spoken to Imam Jamil’s wife, Karima al-Amin to get updates on his health situation.

Imam al-Amin’s Health

For years, the Imam has been kept in a supermax prison “1400 miles away from his attorney and family,” says his wife.

“For more than a year, my husband developed a dental problem. He attempted for 10 months to see a dentist and he was unable, they just would not let him see one. He started developing symptoms, 29 pounds of lost weight, swelling of the feet, could not swallow, some days he could not get out of the bed… He was ignored because they don’t want him to come in contact with the inmates,” Karima al-Amin said.

“As soon as we found out that he was ill, we launched a campaign to get him out of the supermax into a medical center in North Carolina. Because of the support that we received from congressional representatives who are members of Congressional Black Caucus and because we received widespread grass root support, he was moved on July 15 to a federal medical center in North Carolina,” she continued.

The supermax prison in Florida in Florence, Colorado, is “one of the top ten worst prisons in the world,” she said. “They have all of the Muslim high profile cases out there. It’s a no-contact, no-touch solitary confinement facility. The inmates are held for 23 hours in the cell; some are able to get out for an hour.”

Now that Imam al-Amin is diagnosed with cancer, Karima al-Amin said, they are doing all they can to prevent authorities from sending back the Imam to the supermax.

“We will continue to have a campaign that they will not move him back to the supermax. He needs to be monitored and he needs to be retested every two to three months,” she said.

FBI Oppression, Assasinations

Press TV also spoke to the Imam of Masjid al-Islam, Imam Abdul Alim Musa, on the case of Imam al-Amin.

Musa had a lot to share on the innocence of Jamil al-Amin, the situation of black people in the US and threats to his own life, being an African-American Muslim community leader.

“All of us here in the United States know that Imam Jamil was set up and sent to prison. One of his friends Imam Luqman, he did a program on him (Imam Jamil), four and half years ago. He was assassinated by the FBI in Detroit,” Musa said.

The FBI accused the 53-year-old Luqman Abdullah of being “the radical leader of a Sunni Islam group in Detroit,” according to Crescent International. He was shot 20 times by the FBI on October 28, 2009 during a raid on a warehouse used as a prayer facility. Several thousand Muslims attended his funeral prayer held at the Muslim Center.

“I just came a few minutes ago from a demonstration down at Malcolm X Park about Michael Brown who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri,” Imam Musa continued.

Imam Musa was referring to the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by an officer on Saturday in Ferguson which has sparked protests in more than 100 cities across the US.

“What we have in the United States is a worse oppression than we had in the 1960s because now it’s all justified.”

“These new police departments are getting weapons from the military,” and it has made police in America “military garrisons”, Imam Musa said. “They are not policing us any more, they are oppressing us.”

Imam Musa said there is a picture of Imam Jamil al-Amin, Imam Luqman, and “a picture of me” on the Internet.

The message of this picture, Imam Musa says, is “Look at your two friends, if you don’t shut up and be quiet, nigger, you are next,” he said. Musa’s grandson was assassinated and his son survived shot 6 gunshot wound. The police refused to investigate the shooting.

More about Imam al-Amin

Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, played an early role in the Black Panther Party, and served five years in prison in New York for confronting drug traffickers, according to Amsterdam News. While in prison he converted to Islam in 1971, and moved to Atlanta after his release in 1976.

Despite becoming one of the leading lights of the US Muslim community, founding several business enterprises, a mosque and youth sports leagues, authorities pursued a decade’s worth of aggressive investigations resulting in a string false accusations and attempts to frame al-Amin.

In the incident where he was finally convicted, another man confessed to the killing of a sheriff’s deputy for which he has been jailed, but this fact was concealed from al-Amin’s defense lawyers.



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