On August 10th I posted a fourth article on Big Peace about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the August 2009 death of Fatima Abdallah. In the article was a link to Pam Bondi, Florida’s Attorney General, encouraging readers to request her assistance in re- opening an investigation into the case and the medical examiner’s determination of death.
The issue, in brief, from Florida Family Association is as follows:
The Tampa Police Department has accepted a Palestinian family’s account that Fatima Abdallah killed herself by repeatedly beating her head against a coffee table. However, a Tampa Rescue Lieutenant at the scene told Florida Family Association’s private investigator that was implausible, that “she looked like somebody beat the blank out of her.”
The Palestinian family left Fatima dead for 2 hours before the called 911, gave two different stories of how she dies, ushered the alleged only witness to Fatima’s demise out of the country just days after her death and treated her horribly before she died. Florida Family Association hired a private investigator to thoroughly examine Fatima’s death. Given the circumstances of her personal life and the facts surrounding her death her demise looks more like an honor killing than an accident. Click here to read a full report including police report, autopsy, crime scene photographs and private investigator findings.
The Attorney General’s response to my email:
In Florida the local police or sheriff and the elected state attorney in each of the twenty judicial circuits investigate and prosecute crime at the local level. Those offices operate independently and are not a part of the Attorney General’s Office. The investigative and prosecution decisions of a local police agency and elected state attorney are not subject to the authority of this office.
We understand that you are requesting an investigation of “the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office.” If you are requesting an outside investigation of local officials, you may wish to contact the Governor’s Office. The Governor has the power to appoint what is known as a special prosecutor to investigate criminal allegations outside a state attorney’s normal circuit when there are concerns about possible conflicts of interest. The Governor may also direct the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to perform special investigations and investigations on public officials and agencies. Please see the FDLE website for more information on in that regard:
The contact information for the Governor’s Office is:
The Honorable Rick Scott
Executive Office of the Governor
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Florida Family Association followed up on the Attorney General’s recommendation with a letter to the governor requesting an investigation. Click here to read the letter. Additionally, a request has been made to discuss this case directly with the governor.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to appeal to Florida Governor Rick Scott to direct the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the death of Fatima Abdallah.
To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may change the wording in the subject line or message.
Please forward this email to friends who you know would be interested in this issue.
Even if Fatima’s death was not an “honor killing” according to the law of Shari’ah, this woman’s death was not an accident. She was brutally and viciously beaten to death.