Fed judge rejects Uhuru 3’s Motion to Dismiss; Trial date expected to be set in February


January 28, 2024

Fed judge rejects Uhuru 3’s Motion to Dismiss; Trial date expected to be set in February

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On Friday, January 26, 2024 U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli in the federal district court of Tampa, Florida filed an order recommending that District Judge William Jung deny the Uhuru 3’s motion for dismissal of the bogus charges against Uhuru Movement founder and Black Liberation leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela, along with Penny Hess and Jesse Nevel, two white solidarity organizers with the Uhuru Movement.

READ Magistrate Judge’s Denial of Motion for Dismissal of Indictment HERE.

Last year the U.S. federal government indicted the Uhuru 3 on the absurd charges that Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the Uhuru Movement’s 50 year struggle for Black freedom suddenly became a “Russian-led conspiracy.”

The indictment came nine months after the violent military-style multi-city FBI raids on seven homes and offices of the Uhuru Movement on July 29, 2022.

The Uhuru 3 attorneys’ motion for dismissal called for the baseless charges to be dismissed on the grounds that they violate the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The case is expected to go to trial later this year. Dates for the trial are expected to be set at a status hearing in February.

“The U.S. government has put us in the position of having to fight for the free speech that they claim is the cornerstone of U.S. democracy,” said Chairman Omali Yeshitela.

The Uhuru 3 each face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. The Uhuru 3 case sparked the emergence of a global anti-colonial free speech movement led by the Hands Off Uhuru Fightback Coalition. 

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Read the Motion To Dismiss the Charges Against the Uhuru 3

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