Prisoner of Faith: Imam Jamil Al-Amin, USA

IHRC joined the campaign to support Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin in August 2001. Although the case had been reported widely in the American media and Imam Jamil has received support from the major Muslim groups in America, little was known in the UK about Imam Jamil or why he had originally faced the death penalty.

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“It is still five a day. This decision should pierce the conscience of many people and let them see the intensity of the struggle. We should raise our level of struggle. Now things are on another level. We should increase and maintain our ibadah. I express my heartfelt salaams and appreciation to all the people who have supported me, stood by me and have been steadfast in their support of me.”

Statement delivered by Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin on 9 March 2002, after the guilty verdict was returned by jurors at the end of the trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin vs The State of Georgia.

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was convicted on March 9 2002 of murdering Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy Aldranon English in the shootings that occurred on the night of March 16 2000. The jury found Imam Jamil guilty of all 13 counts related to the shootings. He had been detained for almost two years and the verdict was delivered after a trial which lasted just 3 and a half weeks and final jury deliberation of 10 hours. The prosecution did not have to prove a motive for the shootings. The penalty phase of the trial ended with the jury deciding on life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The defence is currently appealing the decision. The following describes details of the trial, in particular focusing on discrepancies in the testimonies and evidence used to charge and convict Imam Jamil. These were well documented before the trial even began. The information has been collated using articles from the Atlanta- Journal Constitution, which provided daily accounts of the trial proceedings.