FROM KOFI AJABU TO Abdul-Rahman KASSIG
TORTURE IS TORTURE WHETHER AT HOME OR ABROAD
We truly live in very interesting times. Many in the country, and especially here in Indianapolis are praying for the life and release of Abdul-Rahman Kassig formally known as Peter Kassig. I, Rev. Mmoja Ajabu, can also be counted in that number. Peter, now know as Abdul was an Army Ranger. The Rangers are the trained elite killers of the United States Army. As a medic Abdul probably didn’t directly kill anyone but he was definitely with and provided support for them. This scenario also reflects Kofi Modibo Ajabu, my son’s case. Here’s how.
My son was with some people who killed some people. The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that there is no evidence presented at trial that indicated he killed anyone. There was no evidence presented because the fact of the matter is my son killed no one. Yet, just like Abdul, Kofi is in captivity doing 240 years for killings he did not commit. Both Kofi and Abdul are in captivity facing death. Kofi is facing a long drawn out slow death, while Abdul’s faces a death that would be over in an instant. This link shows the actual execution of Henning and the threat to Kassig. The video is graphic.
http://www.infobae.com/2014/10/03/1599333-video-asi-decapito-el-estado-islamico-al-taxista-alan-henning (Actual Henning Beheading)
Kofi's slow trek to death is nothing less than torture. To make it worse the Indiana Department of Corrections has been holding Kofi in some kind of segregation, to include solitary, for most on his time in prison. The United Nations holds that anyone held in segregation, especially solitary, for more than 15 days is a violation of International Law and tantamount to the person held being tortured. So my son is being tortured as his captivity moves him to a slow death.
Yes, I pray for Abdul as I pray for Kofi. Both have made mistakes that have cost lives. The value to be gained from their mistakes is both are remorseful, both have repented, and both have asked the victims’ families for forgiveness. Now I stand in prayer with Abdul’s parents and pray that the captors of both our sons find in their prayers the virtue of forgiveness. By international law both Kofi and Abdul have been in segregation for over 15 days and by international law are being tortured. Torture is torture whether at home or abroad. We will explore this issue in depth at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Details are on the back. We pray to see you there.
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