Abdullah won't face death, DA's office decides..By Chris Collins / The Fresno Bee "Muslims of the Americas" Cop Killer Ramadan Abdur Abdullah, is from Binghamton NY
In a sudden reversal, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it no longer will pursue the death penalty against Ramadan Abdullah, the 27-year-old schizophrenic man accused of killing sheriff's deputy Erik Telen in 2001.
For almost six years, prosecutors insisted that Abdullah deserved to die for his crime. But at a hastily arranged hearing Wednesday morning in Fresno County Superior Court, prosecutors and defense attorneys told Judge Ralph Nunez that they had reached a deal: Abdullah will drop his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors no longer will seek the death penalty.
See Prior Post; Saturday, May 03, 2008, MUSLIMS OF THE AMERICAS IN BINGHAMTON NY, by PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER...MOA Cop Killer Ramadan Abdullah on trial, MOA Parade in Binghamton NY "I PULLED THE TRIGGER WHILE I WAS IN PRAYER" Ramadan Abdur-Rauf Abdullah, a member of Jamaat ul-Fuqra aka Muslims of the Americas, Judge to decide trial this week in California for the 2001 murder of a sheriff’s deputy. Ramadan Abdur Abdullah received firearm training at the the "Muslims of Americas " compound 45 miles East of Binghamton NY (in Hancock NY) whose overall leader is Sheikh Giliani (see photo above).
The "Muslims of the Americas" in New York State (they have several around the USA) property is near the Cannonsville Reservoir and Watershed Area, one of several water supply sources servicing New York City and adjacent areasNearly every weekend, sound of gunfire can be heard from the camp. According to one neighbor who stated he's a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, some of the weapons obviously are "automatic" and large-caliber. On at least two occasions last summer (2005), area residents heard small explosions
He was pleading insanity in his defense but will drop for a plea deal to life in prison. Abdullah is originally from Binghamton, NY and was/is a member of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA). Spread throughout the country, the MOA, made up of primarily African-Americans, are a cult-like offshoot sect of Sufi Muslims who follow Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani of Pakistan. The organization serves as a religious front for a radical militant group known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JuF), a secretive network also headed by Gilani. For all practical purposes, the groups are one and the same, though members’ knowledge of and/or involvement in illicit activity varies and terrorist attacks, such as killing law enforcement officers.
Abdullah also agreed to waive his right to a jury trial and instead will allow Nunez to decide his fate. The judge will review the evidence in the case and announce his judgment next Wednesday, bringing to an end what had become the longest-running court case in Fresno County in recent memory.
If Judge Nunez finds Abdullah guilty of first-degree murder with a special circumstance, such as killing a peace officer in the line of duty, Abdullah likely would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Why is the Fresno DA Liz Egan cutting a deal for cop killer "Mooselum" Ramadan Abdur Abdullah ? Is it becuase Abdullah is a "Mooselum" ? Kill a cop, you get the death penalty, no deals even if you are a "Mooselum".
District Attorney Elizabeth Egan issued a news release Wednesday announcing the agreement. "The decision to seek life in prison without the possibility of parole was made after careful consideration of the facts and consultation with the family of Deputy Telen and the Fresno Sheriff's Department," Egan said in the statement.
Former District Attorney Ed Hunt, who in December 2002 made the original decision to pursue the death penalty against Abdullah, said he wasn't sure why the District Attorney's Office altered course. "If something has changed from the time I made that decision until today, I'm not aware of it," he said. "They're going to have a bench trial and not seek death because they believe he's questionably insane? Because he's not insane? Because he is insane? I mean, I don't understand.
"I've always had a philosophy that if you kill a cop, you face the death penalty."
After numerous delays, Abdullah's case went to trial in late March this year. After a month of listening to testimony, jurors deliberated for a week but were hopelessly deadlocked.
But on Tuesday, Nunez scheduled a hearing for Wednesday morning, a clerk said. At the hearing, prosecutors and defense attorneys made their agreement official. It appears that Egan had been considering dropping the death penalty against Abdullah for some time before Monday. Mims said Egan had consulted with her on the matter over the last few weeks.
In July 2001, Abdullah ran away from his family in Binghamton New York to join an Islamic camp in the Tulare County foothills, the "Muslims of the Americas". A month later, he ran off and broke into an unoccupied home near Dunlap in rural Fresno County. When Telen, 26, and his partner entered the house to investigate, Abdullah shot and killed Telen, from ambush, "I PULLED THE TRIGGER WHILE I WAS IN PRAYER" Ramadan Abdur-Rauf Abdullah, a member of Jamaat ul-Fuqra aka Muslims of the Americas.
At Abdullah's trial, defense attorneys acknowledged that Abdullah killed Telen, but they said he was delusional at the time and so therefore should be found guilty of second-degree murder. Prosecutor Dennis Peterson said there was no evidence Abdullah was delusional.
No one from Abdullah's family, in Binghamton NY, could be reached for comment.....Bill Warner writes, (who has done all the research on this group), the enemy within; 400 members of the Muslims of the Americas March" on Saturday 4/05/2008 in Binghamton NY, story in the Press & Sun Bulletin see link to the story here. ...It is absolutely incredible that the office of the Mayor of Binghamton NY would authorize a parade permit to a group such as the "Muslims of the Americas" that has so many and such a lengthy criminal history of gun running see here, counterfeit clothing scams see here, multiple members arrested and even a cop killer (Ramadan A. Abdullah) see here, who at this exact same time period is on trial for murder in Fresno CA.
On Friday 4/04/2008 members of the Office of the Mayor of Binghamton NY and the Mayor and every member of the City Council of Binghamton NY were notified via email that there were numerous and documented links to criminal activity for the "Muslims of the Americas" group and that one of it's members and a former resident of Binghamton NY was currently on trial for killing a cop in Fresno CA, there were no replies.
It was an absolute disgrace that members of the Binghamton Police Department had to provide security for this group on Saturday 4/05/08 when one of the "Muslims of the Americas" members is a cop killer, this goes way past just links to terrorism, this is "They got one of our own and we are their security detail"
Following are details from Law Enforcement on Binghamton's Ramadan A. Abdullah, the "Muslim of the Americas" member and cop killer that links him to the Fresno CA and the Binghamton/Hancock NY camps.Binghamton's Ramadan A. Abdullah (cop killer) had his own trailer at the "Muslims of Americas " camp in Fresno CA. U.S. Marshals encountered Baladullah (Fresno CA "Muslims of the Americas" camp) when they arrested a Baladullah resident, James Hobson, on a warrant for smuggling firearms between South Carolina and New York... Detectives from the Fresno County sheriff's department searched the Baladullah trailer of another resident, Ramadan Abdullah (from Binghamton NY), who was charged with killing a deputy who had caught him breaking into a home outside the community, possibly to steal guns. Detectives reported seeing a small landing strip and firing range on the Baladullah property. In Ramadan Abdullah's trailer, they found a book by Sheikh Mubarik Ali Jilani, Sgt. Toby Rien said. The State Department says Jilani, a Pakistani cleric, founded Al-Fuqra more than 20 years ago.
Authorities also said that Ramadan Abdullah had come from a similar Muslim community in Binghamton, N.Y. (Islamburg). While at Baladullah (Fresno CA), detectives also observed near the front gate a sign for the International Qur'anic Open University an arm of another Jilani organization. The sign has since been removed. ATF agents say they have looked into Baladullah (Fresno CA) as part of their investigation into Al-Fuqra (Muslims of the Americas) activities at a similar remote settlement in Virginia, where a man was convicted last month on federal firearms violations. "They are all connected," said Bart McEntire, resident agent in charge of the ATF in Virginia. "And I'm aware that there is this faction near Fresno." See this link
UPDATE: See video on the MOA cop killer: it shows the cops taking off from the shooting scene with the body of the Deputy Sheriff in one of the cop cars with the door open at high speed.
UPDATE: Bill Warner reports: Mental health of cop killer Ramadan Abdullah disputed, for religious reasons Abdullah's family did not allow him to be treated by Western medicine and he is the son of a sheriff's deputy in Binghamton NY. This story has more links and bizarre twists, no wonder the local Binghamton media has a lid on the story. The Ramadan Abdullah defense team starts their part of the trial today in Fresno CA. The "Muslims of the Americas" group are specifically mentioned in this story, both camps, Binghamton/Hancock NY and the Fresno CA area.