[Ppnews] Help free political prisoner Sekou Kambui!

Political Prisoner News PPnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Mar 14 20:17:07 EST 2006


   Help free political prisoner Sekou Kambui! Contribute funds to his parole
campaign now!
   Sekou Cinque T.M.  Kambui (s/n William J.  Turk) has already spent more than
29 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  After years of activism in
the Civil Rights movement, Sekou was falsely accused of murdering two white
men in Alabama in 1975.  He is recognized as a political prisoner by several
international organizations.
   Sekou is a well-respected community leader and has consistently demonstrated
an ability to lead a responsible and productive life.  He is a paralegal
professional and has been an active jailhouse lawyer and prisoners' rights
activist for more than 25 years.
   In June 2006, Sekou will appear before the parole board.  He has a VERY real
chance of winning his freedom if he has adequate legal representation.
   We need $3000 to help free Sekou! His legal expenses are a big challenge,
but we know that the community will support him.  Anything you can spare will
make a difference!
   Please send funds to:
   The Sekou Kambui Fund
773 Kingman Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687 USA
   You can contact us with any questions at montrealabcf at gmail.com.
   Yours in solidarity,
The Sekou Kambui Defense Committee
   ***
   SEKOU CINQUE T.M.  KAMBUI (s/n William J.  Turk is a New Afrikan political
prisoner currently serving two consecutive life sentences for crimes he did
not commit.  Sekou has already spent more than 29 years of his life behind
bars on trumped up charges of murdering two white men in Alabama in 1975.
   Throughout the 1960's, Sekou participated in the Civil Rights movement,
organizing youth for participating in demonstrations and marches across
Alabama and providing security for meetings of the Southern Christian
Leadership Council (SCLC), Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and the
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
   On January 2, 1975, Sekou was captured in North Birmingham for allegedly
running a yield sign and/or speeding.  During this stop, a 9mm pistol was
found in the car lying between the front seats.  Subsequent investigation by
police on the scene discovered that the pistol was listed as stolen during a
Tuscaloosa, AL murder.  A wide-range investigation followed, which included
inquiries into his personal relationship with a white woman.  At one point
during the investigation, Sekou was told by one of the investigators, "We
don't really give a damn whether you committed these crimes or not, but you
should have because we are gonna hang your ass with them 
anywaychinin" Sekou was
falsely arrested and charged with the murders of two white men: a KKK
official from Tuscaloosa and a multi-millionaire oilman from Birmingham.
   It's not surprising that Sekou was found guilty of both murders in separate
trials.  Did Sekou have a chance of being found innocent? If one considers
the nature of the case in that there was a Black man standing accused of
killing two White men in Alabama in 1975, then the initial conclusion must
be no.  But when the Black man in question is considered an "Uppity Nigger"
by the White power structure, it becomes a proven fact.  On that basis alone,
Sekou was presumed guilty.  Despite immense pre-trial publicity, the court
denied a motion for a change of venue.  An appeals court later affirmed this
decision, citing examples of ineffectiveness of the counselor.  In fact, the
nature of this case was so intense that during a 1985 investigation of the
crime, persons in Tuscaloosa vividly recalled details of the murder, the
accused (Sekou), and the entire issue of the killing.  Major witnesses in
both cases admitted during this same investigation that they had been forced
to testify against Sekou and had repeatedly been visited by the Birmingham
Police Department, as well as the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
   Defense witnesses in the first trial were so terrified after continuous
threats and racial intimidation by the Birmingham Police for providing alibi
testimony that they fled Alabama, leaving Sekou without a defense for his
second trial.  To this day no direct evidence has ever been found to connect
Sekou to the murders.  The pistol that he was captured with has never been
conclusively linked to the crimes.  The Alabama Department of Corrections,
through the seizures of legal material and mail, repeated retaliatory
transfers and threats to interfere with impending parole dates have
continuously thwarted Sekou's legal challenges to both convictions.  For over
twenty-eight years now, Sekou has been held captive in the Alabama
Department of Corrections.  As a jailhouse lawyer, his legal reputation
precedes him at every institution.
   In fact, many prisoners owe their freedom to Sekou's legal efforts on their
behalf.  He has won numerous other civil actions regarding medical
malpractice, abusive treatment, abusive segregation and abusive prison
conditions, all of which have earned him nothing but retaliatory transfers.
Every attempt made to appeal his original conviction has been stymied by
missing legal transcripts, illegal confiscation of law books and legal
research/trial preparation materials, etcchinin In the last ten 
years, Sekou has
been up for parole five times, and has been denied every time and set off.
Prior to every parole consideration there has been a punitive transfer and
escalation of harassment due to legal action taken by Sekou on behalf of
other prisoners.  He co-founded the Social Consciousness Development Group,
which unites prisoners, families and outside supporters to struggle for
prisoners' rights.

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