After being a political prisoner of war for nearly three decades, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was considered for parole by a California Victorville Federal Correctional Facility board Aug. 12.
“Myself and Los Angeles attorney, Peter Schey, appeared on Shakur’s behalf at a hearing which lasted approximately one and a half to two hours,” indicated lawyer, Michael Tariff Warren. “The results were favorable to Dr. Shakur in that the hearing examiner determined that he should have a release date, of April 30, 2015.”
He then described how, despite Shakur having overwhelming support before and during the hearing, weeks later “the board of commissioners in Washington made a different determination for whatever reason … they reversed that decision.”
“So right now, the only avenue that’s technically left open within the administrative structure of the parole commission is an appeal,” said Warren. “And we certainly intend to appeal that decision.”
Warren then explained other possibilities “raised on Dr. Shakur’s behalf is the issue surrounding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission … that those who are political prisoners—who were engaged in certain activities back in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s on behalf of our communities of color, people who are oppressed—should be judged by virtue of the TARC, which has been employed by a number of countries for those who have been engaged in the struggle in what otherwise may be defined as criminal activity, like Mandela’s case.”
Concluding, Warren said, “Also, we intend to obtain a pardon by virtue of his involvement in the Black liberation struggle!”
Shakur and 10 other individuals were federally indicted in March 1982 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, being charged with nine counts of conspiracy and taking money from eight banks, allegedly occurring between December 1976 and October 1981. Additionally, he was accused of assisting the 1979 exodus of comrade Assata Shakur.
Shakur made the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list after allegedly participating in a 1981 Nyack, N.Y., armored truck robbery that resulted in the deaths of three cops. He remained underground for five years until his capture Feb. 12, 1986.
Shakur is a proud father of five children and the stepfather of the legendary Tupac Shakur.
“I politically believe that brothers and sisters involved in our liberation have a right to struggle in order to be free, and because I have been a part of that struggle all of my life, I will not capitulate and distance myself from that right to struggle in order for me to be free.”—Mutulu Shakur
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