[sixties-l] Ex-Black Panther says murder trial is FBI conspiracy (fwd)

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    Ex-Black Panther says murder trial is FBI conspiracy


    Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles
    Wednesday January 9, 2002
    The Guardian

    A murder trial under way in Atlanta, Georgia, has rekindled memories of one
    of the most turbulent periods of American racial politics, with the
    accused - a former leading figure of the Black Panthers - claiming to be the
    victim of an FBI witch-hunt.
    Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, 58, a Muslim cleric, was better known as "H Rap
    Brown" in the 1960s when he was one of the firebrands in the Black Panthers.
    The shortlived movement challenged the police and played a leading part in
    the black power movement.

    Mr al-Amin was a leading member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
    Committee and was active in the registration of black voters in the 1960s.
    Now he faces a possible death penalty after the fatal shooting of a
    sheriff's deputy in Atlanta in March 2000.

    Two deputies, Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English, went to Mr al-Amin's house
    to serve him with a summons for some minor motoring charges and an
    accusation of impersonating a police officer. The visit came after he had
    failed to attend a court hearing.

    Both deputies were shot in an exchange of gunfire. Kinchen, who was black,
    later died. Mr English identified Mr al-Amin as the gunman.

    The suspect was found four days later in woods near a small town in Alabama
    where he had helped to register voters in the 1960s. Police say the weapon
    used in the fatal shooting was found nearby.

    The prosecution says that this is a straightforward case: Mr al-Amin was
    identified by one of his victims and the weapon used in the shooting was
    found near him.

    But the defendant told the New York Times from prison that the charges
    resulted from the FBI's determination to jail him. "They still fear a
    personality, a character coming up among African-Americans who could
    galvanise support among all the different elements of the African-American
    community... They are trying to crush Islam before it realises its own worth
    and strength," he said.

    He said the events of September 11 made it hard for him to receive a fair

    As H Rap Brown, Mr al-Amin allegedly incited a riot at Cambridge, Maryland
    in 1967. He went into hiding afterwards and was placed on the FBI's
    most-wanted list before being arrested again.

    In 1971 he was convicted of taking part in a New York robbery and served
    five years in jail, where he converted to Islam and changed his name. On
    release he moved to Atlanta and founded a mosque.

    His case begins as another political figure from the era is awaiting the
    conclusion of hers. Sara Jane Olson, who pleaded guilty last year to
    involvement in the placing of a pipe-bomb under a police car in Los Angeles
    in the 1970s will be sentenced on January 18.

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