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United States16 April 2009

Alleged mastermind of Chauncey Bailey’s murder to be indicted soon

The Chauncey Bailey Project, a cooperative effort by San Francisco Bay area journalists investigating the circumstance around Bailey’s death, revealed last night that Yusuf Bey IV, former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery and his follower Antoine Mackey face imminent murder charges in the August 2nd 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Alameda County District Attorney has reached a plea agreement with murder suspect Devaughndre Broussard that implicates Yusef Bey IV as the mastermind behind the murder. It has been reported that Broussard has agreed to plead guilty to shooting Bailey, explaining that he carried out the murder under orders from Yusef Bey IV.

Testimony before the grand jury is scheduled for next week. The indictments of Bey IV and Mackey will follow.

Reporters Without Borders has expressed great satisfaction that it now appears that Yusuf Bey IV will be implicated in the case: “At last, the alleged mastermind will have to answer for his actions before the courts. Too much evidence points out to Yusuf Bey IV as the one who ordered this crime. It’s a first step in the right direction to ensure impunity does not prevail in this case” said the international press freedom organization.

Currently Bey IV and Mackey are in jail on a host of unrelated charges. Bey IV and Mackey will likely face additional charges in two other murders that took place in July 2007 that police have long suspected were committed by bakery members.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lamiero, who has been in charge of a thorough investigation into Bailey’s murder these past months, said last night he was unable to confirm any details: "We are very close to a point where we are going to be able to hold accountable all of those responsible for Bailey’s murder," he said, declining to say anything further.

Lorelei Waqia, Bailey’s sister announced Wednesday that she is thankful additional charges could be filed soon. “At least we’re getting to the truth, and I think that’s important that everybody that’s involved has to pay the piper,” she told the Chauncey Bailey Project.

The investigation has been marred by many irregularities. Chauncey Bailey Project disclosed last fall that Sargent Derwin Longmire had repeatedly ignored evidence linking Yusuf Bey IV to the murder. He had interceded on behalf of Bey IV in two previous unrelated cases involving the young leader. The Oakland police internal affairs department and the State Justice Department are investigating whether Stg. Longmire’s relationship with Bey IV may have compromised the case. Police officials are calling this a personnel matter and refuse to discuss specifics. However, they did indicate Sgt. Longmire would have a special hearing that will take place within the next month. The result of the hearing which will go to the chief and finally the city administrator, could include suspension or even termination.

See Reporters Without Borders previous statement on this case.

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