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Call goes out to help jailed Malikah Shabazz

NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 5/27/2011, 11:12 a.m.

When the AmNews asked Malcolm Shabazz about his aunt at the time of her arrest in North Carolina back in Febru- ary, the young man responded, "My mother [Qubilah] was fac- ing a case against the federal government for allegedly hiring a hitman to assassinate Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 1995. It was COINTELPRO,the government's counterintel- ligence program. Now they are attacking my family once again. They're attacking my Aunt Ma- likah. It's unfortunate. Some- times they place us in a posi- tion that they think will break us, but actually what it does is make us stronger."

He added, "And look at the timing with my aunt- the [46th] anniversary of the [death] of my grandfather-this case was open for how long?" he asked. "Why would they just come now?"

Shabazz, who has a PhD in educational administration and human development and an MS in mathematical science, is ac- cused of racking up bogus credit card charges of over $55,000. According to paperwork sent to the AmNews by Silvia E. Perez, communications clerk for Queens County District Attor- ney Richard Brown, the charges against her include grand larce- ny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property inthe third degree, forgery in the second degree, criminal posses- sion of a forged instrument in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree, and [having] a scheme to defraud in the first degree.

Assistant District Attorney Neil Gitin has also charged that Shabazz had been hiding out in rural North Carolina, with her daughter Betty, 13, in order to evade capture. Shabazz main- tained that she did not know there was a warrant for her ar- rest.

Malaak Shabazz, her twin sister, adamantly proclaimed, "Her family is going to be here for her."

She slammed the $100,000 bail as "excessive-but I know because of the notoriety of our family that these things hap- pen." She added that she is concerned for her twin sister's safety when inmates find out who she is. Meanwhile, Judge Michael Yavinksy has said that Shabazz could be held in protec-tive custody at Rikers Island. The AmNews reached out to Rikers and Shabazz's attorneys

to no response. "The oppressor never takes

his eye off of his agenda. We should stay aware of how they come after us and our families. They are relentless. They should know, though, that not every shut eye is asleep," said Divine Allah, national youth minister of the New Black Panther Party. "We offer our complete support to the Shabazz family."

As he made plans to visit Shabazz at Rikers, Barron add- ed, "Anyone who wants to help bring Malikah home can call my district office at (718) 649-9495. Like Dr. Jeffries said, we are obligated to help the children of our great leader Malcolm X."

According to Malcolm Sha- bazz, those who would like to donate funds should send them to Hajj Malcolm el Shabazz, Malikah Shabazz Legal De- fense Fund, P.O. Box 726, Stone Ridge, N.Y. 12484.