Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

(From New Trend Atlanta: Sis. Hadayai Majeed, Editor)
Imam Jamil Al-Amin Calm and Serene Defense calls for Preservation of Crime Scene Evidence

A little after 10 am on May 4, 2000, preliminary hearings began in the case of Imam Jamil Al-Amin at the Fulton County court house in Atlanta. Muslims put in a strong showing. New Trend's representative counted at least 60 Muslims including five sisters. Imam Jamil's wife, Sis. Karima was there in full Islamic garb including a complete khimar. In her discussion with New Trend, she was strong and self-assured.
Imam Jamil was calm and serene. His ordeal had only made his Islamic demeanor more firm and full of light.
POINTS MADE: The defense made the following points:
1. A gag order should be put on "law enforcement authorities" (including the FBI) putting out information to the media to influence public opinion.
2. Evidence from the crime scene should be preserved to be INDEPENDENTLY tested.
3. Sanctions should also be placed on information leaked out earlier. A check list of third parties was provided which have been indulging in this media campaign.

The judge Stephanie Manis (seemed to be Hispanic) was amenable to the defense plea.

The court then went into closed session.
THIS WAS NOT AN ARRAIGNMENT. As more information becomes available, New Trend will bring it to Muslim audiences at top email speed.

PRAYERS FOR THE IMAM: After the court went into closed session, the Muslims present, led by Imam Williams, made a du'a for the health and safety of Imam Jamil Al-Amin.
New Trend has been distributed on a big scale in the Muslim communities of Atlanta including a complimentary copy for Sis. Karima (who is herself an attorney), Imam Jamil's wife. Imam Williams leads a progressive masjid in Atlanta where Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave a Juma' khutba a few months back.
Join the MILLION SIGNATURES CAMPAIGN to shield Imam Jamil Al-Amin from the oppressors. If you have not seen the petition, email us or write to:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, P.O. Box 10881, Baltimore, MD 21234 (with $1 in cash)

2000-05-04 Thu 22:16ct