Cover-Up In Imam’s Slaying?
Posted by DARRELL DAWSEY Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saying the FBI won’t hand over certain documents related to the shooting death of Detroit imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has declined to investigate the incident, prompting some serious concern from the Detroit Free Press about the feds’ motives…
Why would the FBI deny potential evidence to another law enforcement agency investigating the case? Classified documents generally involve high levels of national security that don’t apply here, by any stretch. Nor does the Abdullah case involve foreign governments or — at least officially — terrorism.
What’s going on?
Damn good question.
I still think it’s only fair to withhold official judgement, but honestly, the feds’ behavior around this incident seems to get weirder by the day.
I mean, first there was the way the FBI announced the fatal October shooting, heavily emphasizing Abdullah’s history of incendiary remarks about government and religion without ever connecting them to why agents were investigating him for fencing stolen goods. Then there was the FBI’s request for delays in the release of the imam’s autopsy report. And now the refusal to give the prosecutor key documents to aid her investigation?
Will Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who’s slated to investigate in lieu of the county prosecutor’s office, run into similar lack of cooperation from the feds? Looks like it…
In their letter, the FBI also said that Cox should not release any information on the case to the outside parties, including those made under state sunshine, or FOIA, laws.
Sellek said that Cox’s office would have to follow state laws pertaining to FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act.
Again, I won’t go in too hard on the Blog–yet–but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of metro Detroiters, of all colors, backgrounds and religious bent, who aren’t already drawing negative conclusions about what happened in that warehouse.
Our government should either confirm those suspicions or do much more to put them to rest. This bizarre uncooperativeness does nothing to help.