This is our archive of news items tagged United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.

 memo You'll find articles about that subject in each of the items listed, even if the term does not necessarily occur within the headlines or descriptive text.

Nuwaubian cult members try to spring jailed leader with fake documents

Followers of convicted child molester and sect leader Dwight “Malachi” York – some from Clarke County – are bombarding officials at a federal maximum security lock-up with fake documents that seek to free him from a 135-year prison term.

The documents, some stamped by Athens-Clarke notaries, claim York has been falsely imprisoned since 2004 and should be released because he is an African diplomat, officials said.

“They tried to get him out of prison by saying he was a diplomat from Liberia and that he’s being illegally held under the Geneva Conventions, but that doesn’t apply, because he’s not a prisoner of war,” Athens-Clarke police Detective Beverly Russell said last week.

York is leader of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a purported black supremacist group that is on the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s list of hate groups.

Officials said he used the sect as a front for a criminal enterprise, and in 2004, York was convicted in U.S. District Court in Brunswick on charges of racketeering, child molestation, transporting minors for unlawful sex and tax evasion.
[…]

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who began the investigation into reported child abuse at the Nuwaubian compound near Eatonton in 2002, chuckled at the latest twist in the sect leader’s bizarre history.
[…]

Sills has been sued more than a dozen times by Nuwaubians, and one sect member even placed a fake lien on property the sheriff owns.
[…]

“I’ve never been able to rationalize how seemingly intelligent people would follow a man who started off saying he was an extraterrestrial, then changed to being a reincarnated pharaoh, then an American Indian chief, then head of all Shriners or Masons in the world,” Sills said. “He also claimed at one time to be a rabbi but was an Islamic imam to start with, then after the trial he ended up being a diplomat.

“You can rationalize how someone follows a charismatic leader if they maintain a consistent philosophy, but how to you go from being an Islamic imam to a rabbi?” he said. “First he came here on a space ship, and years later he came here from Liberia on a diplomatic passport.”

In his most recent court filings three months ago – including a petition to quash the indictment that sent him to prison – York calls his flock members of the United Worldwide Nuwaupians Church.

He refers to himself in the documents as H.E. Dr. Malachi Z.York-EL, with copyright and trademark logos attached to his name.
[…more…]

– Source / Full Story: York’s sect at it again, Joe Johnson, Athens Banner-Herald, Dec. 20, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Convicted Nuwaubian leader asks court to dismiss his 135-year prison sentence

Convicted Nuwaubian leader asks court to dismiss his 135-year prison sentence

United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors founder Malachi York has filed a motion asking a federal judge to vacate his 135-year prison sentence due to prosecutorial misconduct allegedly connected to his January 2004 child molestation trial.

In the motion, filed on July 7, York alleges FBI agents threatened and coerced witnesses to testify against him and commit perjury. He also alleges prosecutors used allegations of pornographic tapes of York having sex with minors without any tangible proof of the tapes’ existence to taint the jury.
[…]

The motion includes affidavits of several of York’s alleged victims in which the victims now say York never molested them, but they say they were threatened by FBI agents to make false statements.
[…]

In addition to requesting that his sentence be vacated, York also has requested a hearing based on the witnesses recanting their testimony.

– Source / Full Story: Convicted Nuwaubian leader asks court to dismiss his 135-year prison sentence, Amy Leigh Womack, Macon Telegraph, July 15, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Five years after Nuwaubian leader jailed his sect carries on

Dwight Malichi York Nuwaubian leader Dwight “Malachi” York continues to inspire followers in Athens and throughout the country, five years after a federal judge sentenced him to life in prison as a convicted child molester, tax evader and racketeer.

Although their leader is locked up thousands of miles away in Colorado, members of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors still gather in his name, and apparently just recently abandoned Athens for a meeting hall outside of Atlanta. [Read more...]