Sign petition here –> http://www.change.org/petitions/alabama-board-of-pardons-and-paroles-free-political-prisoner-sekou-cinque-t-m-kambui-aka-william-j-turk-113058a We, the undersigned, call upon the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles to release: William J. Turk, #113058A, (known by us as Sekou Cinque T. M. Kambui) from prison in accord with mandatory provisions of the Alabama Board of pardons and parole statutes, governing parole decisions, or otherwise, Sekou should be afforded the same justice, the same equal treatment under color of law, the same equal right to be free as all those responsible for perpetrating the series of crime(s) perpetrated in exibits A-_…. Although he is due for a parole hearing in 2/2014, Sekou/William has already spent more than or nearly forty (40) years in prison for crimes he did not commit. After years of activism in the Civil/Human Rights Movement, Sekou was falsely accused of murdering two (2) white men in Alabama in 1975. Major witnesses in both cases admitted during this same investigation that they had been coerced into testifying falsely against Sekou, and repeatedly visited by certain members of the Tuscaloosa County/Jefferson County Sherriffs’ Department at which time they were deliberately coached on what their testimony should be when they were called to give testimony against Sekou/William. Defense witnesses in the first trial were so terrified after continuous threats against themselves and members of their families, and the racial intimidation perpetrated by the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham police departments for providing alibi testimony for Sekou/William that they were forced to flee Alabama, leaving Sekou without a defense for his second trial. To this day Sekou has never been placed at or near either murder scene, no murder weapon was ever found, nor any direct evidence offered to connect Sekou to the murders. The pistol which he was captured with has never been conclusively linked to the crime: “except by innuendo.” As a youth in the 1950’s and 60’s, Sekou was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and was a member of the Black Panther Party. He is recognized as a political prisoner by several international organizations. His activism also afiliated him with such organizations as Congress of Racial Equality, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Republic of New Afrika, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1976, a Congressional Sub-Committee, popularly known as the “Church Committee” was formed to investigate and study the FBI’s covert action programs. The Church Committee concluded that the FBI “conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas would protect the national security and deter violence.” the committee’s factual findings revealed massive human rights violations against U.S. citizens based on race, political ideas, and political affiliations. Today’s political prisoners, prisoners of war, and exiles were Civil/Human Rights activists who became victims of the FBI counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO. COINTELPRO consisted of a series of covert actions directed against domestic dissident groups. In these programs, the Bureau went beyond the collection of intelligence to secret actions designed to “disrupt” and “neutralize” target groups and individuals. These techniques were adopted wholesale from wartime counterintelligence techniques. It is indisputable that COINTELPRO was responsible for maiming, murders, false prosecutions and frame-ups, destruction, and mayhem throughout the country. It had infiltrated every organization and association that aspired to bring about social change in the United States. Organizations such as the Puerto Rican Independence movement, the Black Panter Party, the Young Lords, the Weather Underground, Students for a Democratic Society, the Republic of New Afrika, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and others, several of which Sekou Cinque T. M. Kambui / William J. Turk was affiliated with. Sekou is a well-respected community leader and has consistently demonstrated and ability to lead a responsible and productive life. He is a paralegal professional and has been an active jailhouse lawyer and prisoners’ Civil/Human rights activist for more than thirty (30) years in and out of prison (by proxy). In a series of Supreme Court case(s), precedent has been clearly and long established that unless a parole statute contains [explicitly] MANDITORY LANGUAGE restricting the parole board’s discretion in making its decision it may withhold release for any reason or no reason. (Additionally, in Greenholtz, a Nebraska statute provided that the Board of Parole “SHALL” release an inmate “UNLESS” it concludes that reasons require otherwise.) The court held that the mandatory nature of the language created and expectancy of release or “LIBERTY INTEREST” which was entitled to some constitutional protection. It has also been long and clearly established that Alabama parole statute(s) have been incorporated within Supreme Court precedent evincing that Alabama pardon and parole statute(s) creates an expectancy of release at 1/3 of an incarcerated person(s) sentence and/or ten (10) years of the same unless he/she is ineligible by law. Sekou, under Alabama’s own pardon and paroling statute(s), as by virtue of evidence that he has been falsely imprisoned, is deserving of his freedom. By our signature on this petition/letter we support a decision for his release.
Sekou Cinque T. M. Kambui (S/N William J. Turk) has requested a letter-writing campaign asserting his innocence in preparation for his upcoming parole hearing, which could be held as early as February of 2014.
Sekou maintains that he has committed no crime, and yet has been under the heel of the State since 1975, when he was accused of murdering a wealthy white oil-man and a KKK member in Alabama. He was pulled over in January of
1975 and accused of and arrested for the December ’74 murder after a 9mm pistol was found in his car. Multiple witnesses in his first trial later reported that they had been coerced into testifying against Sekou, after
which every defense witness was driven out of the state by police intimidation. No proven murder weapon has been found, and neither Sekou nor the pistol found in his car has never been linked to the crime scene.
As a member of the Black Panther Party and organizer with a variety of organizations, including SNCC and the Republic of New Afrika, Sekou was caught up in the COINTELPRO dragnet in the State’s effort suppress dissent
and make activism criminal. He must be freed!
There is also an online petition for Sekou’s release, found here!
Send Letters To:
Offices of Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, L.L.C.
Attn. Attorney Faya Ora Rose Toure
1 Union St.
P.O. Box 1290
Letter Template [If you need it]
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Chairman William W. Wynne Jr.
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and Cliff Walker
Chairman, Members of the Board,
I am writing to request the timely parole of William J. Turk, #113058A,
also known as Sekou Kambui. William/Sekou asserts his innocence of the
crimes he has served almost forty years of his sentence for. Despite the
fact that he has been up for parole five times in the last decade, and
despite the fact that there is no solid evidence linking William/Sekou to
the scene of the murders he has been charged with, he is still inexplicably
in prison. Major witnesses for both his first trial and appeal reported
being coerced to testify against William/Sekou, and the misconduct of the
Alabama court system, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Department at the time of Sekou’s arrest and trial is
obvious. [More detailed information on Sekou’s case can be found Denver
ABC and ABCF sites, and in the petition for his release below, if you wish
to include it]
[Include any positive/pertinent personal interactions with Sekou,
correspondence, etc. that you may have had]
William Turk/Sekou Kambui is innocent, and has suffered decades in
prison due to a unfair arrest, investigation, and trial. William/Sekou is
being punished for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s
and 60s, not any real crime. I ask you, the Alabama Board of Pardons and
Paroles, to recognize his innocence and grant him parole at his upcoming
[name and signature]
Free Sekou, and all Political Prisoners/POWs!