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Who is Habiyba Washington?

Habiyba Washington aka "Abigail" was the star witness for the prosecution of of Dr. Malachi Z. York's child molestation case.

In this video along with a sign affidavit,  Habiyba Washington explains the whole entire plot to falsely accused and the conspiracy to imprison Dr. Malachi Z. York of crimes he did not commit.  



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We all went to Florida after that conversation and during our trip to Florida we had several conversations in the car with Jacob. It was some other boys that were there and Jacob started talking about going on the land and taking some of the kids, just kidnapping some of the children

off the land. He was talking about my sister, my sister was still there, my younger sister Islah was still there and he wanted us to just go up there and just take her and take some of the other little girls and boys off the land because he didnít feel that they should be living on the land with his father. But we had all agreed that that was not going to happen. None of us was interested in going up on the land and kidnapping anybody, so Jacob said, ďwell then, we can just do it the legal wayĒ. He started bringing up different things in the community like how we grew up, how we lived. He brought up the fact that he was in love with Nicole and he felt that because Nicole liked his father that it was a betrayal and that his father was the one responsible for it. Jacob thought that his dad was responsible for his motherís death and his brotherís death and he really, really felt that he needed to take revenge on his father and he was not able to do it, but we were able to do it because we were there longer and we were closer to his dad than he was. So Jacob had a conversation with me and Karima and Nicole Lopez. Nicole Lopez had a lot of disgruntled issues with Jacobís dad, because for one, she was kicked out and she felt that it was wrong that she was kicked out because she didnít have anywhere to go. She didnít know anybody and after all the years that she lived in the community, Malachi kicked her out, and she had nowhere to go. So she was kind of mad about that. Everybody started venting in the car about different things that we didnít like. It didnít have nothing to do with child molestation, it had nothing to do with any criminal acts, it was just different things, normal things that you donít like about growing up or, you know, we might have had a argument with Malachi here and there and we brought up the situation. Jacob kind of fed off of that anger and he convinced all of us that we should take that anger and we should go to the government with a story about his father. We all went down to Florida and we had fun, we did our thing, on the trip back from Florida, we were driving in Jacobís car again. It was myself, Karima, Nicole, Farah, Nuh Rashid and some other driver I donít remember his name, and Jacob brought up the conversation again, how he thinks that we should really go to the government with a story about his father. Anything that we didnít like in the community we should go because his father needed to be in jail. His father did not do good things, he was not happy with his father and he really felt that a case should be brought up against his father. He really felt that his father should be put away for life. He did not deserve to live. That conversation subsided and we finally made it back to Georgia from Florida and Jacob had a conversation with me again and he told me that there were certain children that did go to the FBI about different things with myself and that it was no way I would be able to prove that it didnít happen. The only way I can make any good of it is to go to the FBI with a story, seek immunity and just go from there. I still told Jacob that I was not interested in doing that and there was nothing that Iíd witnessed or nothing that Iíd known that was going on, but Jacob believed that because the FBI knew who I was and because they were told things about me that it was best that I go to them and talk to them and see whatís up.

At that point I was afraid, I mean nobody really messes with the FBI. So I went to the FBI the following day. They called Jacob up first. I sat in the car. Jacob talked with them, I donít know what the conversation was about because I wasnít in the room and I wasnít told what the conversation was about, but Jacob went up there and he talked to them, and then about an hour later they called me up. I stated my name, I stated who I was, they asked me about different children and they called out different names like Amala and Krystal, and I told them I know those children. Whatever name they called if I knew the person I told them I knew the person. They asked me to state my life, the reasons why I left and the reason why I was there. I told them about life in the community, growing up, why we left. I was questioned about the money situation because I did deal with the financial situation, I told them how we ran our finances, I ran off different people that I knew that was there, different people that I knew that had left and why they left. They asked me about certain children, they asked me about certain stories that they were told and I told them that yeah, I went along the story, I told them that, Ďyes, I did do these thingsí. I felt that I had to tell them yes because I was told that they already knew and there no way for me to deny anything that didnít happen or anything that did happen, I had to tell them what I felt that they know because I felt that, like Jacob told me, they already knew the story and there was no way that I could say that didnít happen, I would have to prosecute myself, to make whatever was said against his father, make it more real, make it sound more believable, if we all prosecuted ourselves then whatever we say about Malachi would be believable. That interview ended by them asking me about different people that I knew that would want to talk, different members that I knew that would want to assist them in the case. The only names that I knew were other members that I knew that were disgruntled. Like Nicole had her own issues with Malachi, Karima had her own issues with Malachi, Sakina also, Amala, Krystal different people that I knew that had issues against him, I gave them those names.

So after that, they started calling different people. Everybody kind of got involved. Everybody called everybody and thatís how the case kind of started.

The question next would be, why did I go ahead with the story? Why did I never take it back? Why didnít I ever just tell the truth at that time?

I felt really pressured to go along with the story. I felt that I had to go along with the story. We all kind of called each other. And was backing up each otherís story. If Nicole did an interview with the FBI then she would call us and we would back up her story. If Nicole spoke to them then she would call us so in case they called me, then I could back up whatever Nicole was saying and thatís kind of how we did it, we all just called each other and said ďyeah, I did this, I said thisĒ and then we can back each other up and that would make the story sound more real, make it sound more believable. If we all back each other up, it can sound more believable.

I was afraid that my initial interview that I had given, a statement, I was afraid that if I was to take that back, I did not know if I was going to be prosecuted, itís not like I had an attorney to represent me, I did not have my personal attorney to explain to me what the steps were, what the charges were, what immunity really meant. What I believed immunity to mean was that I would be protected, anything that I would state on the witness stand that could be used against me, anything that I would say that could be used against me, I would be protected from that, thatís what I understood my immunity to mean. It was never explained in detail what the agreement was about, what the immunity was about, that was the jest of what I understood it was about. So at the time, I went thought with the story because I was afraid for my life, I was afraid that they could take me to jail, that I could be incarcerated, that my children would be taken away from me, and it was different times during the two year process that I spoke to different FBI agents. I spoke to Joan, I spoke to Jalaine, I spoke to Tracy from the sheriffís department and there was a couple occasions where they did remind me that ďyou know Habibah you could be incriminated for certain things you are about to say as wellĒ. So being reminded of that, I felt compelled to go just go ahead with the story, I didnít want to change my story at the time, I didnít want to break the agreement because I was told that by breaking the agreement meant that I would be incarcerated and I would be prosecuted because I had given statements already. And like I said, I wasnít represented by a personal attorney. The prosecution had an attorney that represented all the witnesses and all of the victims. I was not represented by a personal attorney. So, I really didnít know my rights, I really didnít know the laws, I didnít know what I could do, what I canít do, so I felt compelled to just go ahead with the story that everybody else was telling.

Why I want to come out with the truth now?

Itís really, really important for me to come out with the truth now because I donít sleep at night knowing that two people are spending their lives in jail as I speak because of statements that a bunch of ex disgruntled members came out with. The whole trial against Malachi was personal. It was on personal anger reasons. We all had our own issues why we were angry with him and Jacob told us that we could come out with a story, we could eventually file for a class action lawsuit, we could all sue him for millions of dollars and get money from it and we could even go to making movies and we could even go to making books and stuff like that. So everybody fed off of that idea.

Prior to Jacob telling us about the civil suit, he showed us video documentary on Charles Manson, on the Heavenís Gate dude, different leaders that kind of ran cults and Jacob showed us this documentary. He showed it to me, showed it to Nicole, he basically showed it to everybody that left the community-the girls. And he wanted us to look at this documentary and compare it to his father. The way that we lived, the fact that, Ďyes we did live with the children with the children, the parents with the parents, the brothers together, the mothers togetherí. He wanted us to compare everything that they've been through with us so that we can put in our minds that ďno we didnít live a normal life, yes we were a cultĒ so he showed all of us that documentary so that we can sort of compare the two so that before we even start testifying, we could understand that yes we were a cult. He wanted that to be in our minds. So that we could go with that type of mind frame as opposed to ďwe were normal, we just all have our own issues, weíre mad, but itís all goodĒ. No, he wanted us to believe that, Ďlisten, this is the documentary on this cult and this is what we livedí, and he wanted us to compare that so that we could have that type of mind frame. In other words, it added on to the anger that Ďwow, this how we grew up or this is what it isí.

Anyways, like I was saying, I feel totally guilty for bringing this case against Malachi. I donít feel that itís right that he is in jail right now because all of us were angry and we all got together and agreed to this case. And we went ahead with it and now heís facing life in jail for it. Itís not right, itís not fair for anybody to be prosecuted because of somebody elseís personal reasons. I donít think that he should be incarcerated because of that. If we all did have issues against him then thatís human nature but nobody should be sent to jail because of a bunch of lies. And what was said on that stand was a bunch of lies. Like I said, we all called each other up we all backed each otherís story up. We all kind of, Ďokay you said this to this person and I said that to that person, okay thatís fineí. Jacob went to each and every one of us and tried to make it personal between each and every one of us. With me it was like ďyou was in charge, you had control of a lot of things and so anybody could say this about you and it would be believable because you was in chargeĒ. There was no denying that I was in charge, I was in charge. So I felt that I had to go along with the story because I couldnít prove anything that anybody would say against me, I couldnít prove it, he told me that once they told the FBI something, that the FBI is looking into you, they start looking into me. There was no way that I could prove that what anybody said about me was wasnít the truth or wasnít a lie, there was no way, so I felt compelled to just go ahead with the story. As far as Nicole is concerned, Jacob appealed to her because Nicole was in love with one of the younger boys. And so Jacob knew that if they found out that about Nicole Nicole would be so afraid that she could be prosecuted with that, she would also be compelled to tell a story about his father because she didnít want to be incriminated for whatever feeling she had. So different people had different reasons. Jacob made everything personal between all of us. So we all had personal reasons for being pressured, or feeling that we had to go through with the story.

Like I was saying, like Nicole Harden, the whole situation with the RICO charges. I know that I previously stated that Malachi York never told us not to structure any money and he also never told us not to sign or not to report when we made over $10,000 dollars. He never told us not to ever file that report. In court, I was told Nicole Harden told the FBI that he did tell us not to sign that document, I would have known if he would have said that because I was in charge of the money, I was the person that was in charge of the financial office. If anything was told about finances it would have definitely have came through me. But I do believe that Nicole felt compelled to go ahead with that story because, for one, Nicole Harden is the one who did refuse to sign those documents and sheís also the one who always gave the tellers a problem and a hard time whenever it came to those type of transactions. So I believe thatís the reason why Nicole did say that ďyes , he said thatĒ. But heís never said that to me, heís never said that to anybody else that Iíve known, and like I said, I was the one in charge of the finances. And I would have known anything that he wouldíve said as far as the finances goes.

Back to the reason why I feel that it is important to tell the truth now, like I said, I could have told the truth before, but I was afraid. I felt that I was pressured to just go ahead with the story. I was being reminded how I was doing the right thing, that this is a good thing that Iím doing. I was doing the right thing and as well, I did have to remind myself that I could be incriminated. So, I felt that, Ďokay, if you tell me a hundred times that itís the right thing to do, if thatís what all of the agents are telling me, then it is the right thing to do.í I didnít feel that it was the right thing to do, but I was being told it was the right thing to do. I felt really, really pressured. I know you can say that why donít I feel pressured now; Itís not that I donít feel pressured now, I just feel that the truth has to come out. Thereís no way that any person in their right mind can go ahead and live the rest of their life knowing that they sent somebody to jail for life on lies. There is just no way. And there is no way I can live the rest of my life knowing that Malachi is going to spend the rest of his life in jail, knowing that Kathy is in jail now because of charges that we brought up against her. Every time I look at my children, I think about her children. I think about the fact that her children doesnít have her and itís not right, itís just not right.

Iím also going to talk about the money situation. Yes, I was in charge of the finances, and a lot of the financial decisions that were made, were by me, at the time that I was in charge. When I wasnít in charge, when it was Kathy that was in charge, the financial decisions were made by her. Malachi did not make financial decisions. We collected the money, we separated the money. When I was in charge, I was in charge of where the money went, how the money was handled, how it was separated. He never sat us down and told us to avoid the FBI or avoid the IRS or do anything illegal with his money. As a matter of fact, he was very, very serious about handling his finances in a legal way. So anything that happened with the finances when I was in charge, it was my decision to decide what happened with the finances, where it went and how it was handled. And the same goes for anybody else who was in charge prior to me or after me. Thatís how it was done.

I didnít really understand the structure charges and I believe that I expressed that to the U.S. attorney and I also expressed that to FBI Jalaine that I really didnít understand the structure charges and they explained to me that anytime you try to avoid filing that report then thatís a serious charge and, like I stated previously and I believe I stated this on my testimony on the stand, that Malachi never told us not to file those reports. He never told us to deny any of the tellers any information. If we did deposit over $10,000 dollars and if we were investigated, he never told us not to follow through. He never told us not to talk to anyone about it. So thatís how I feel about the money structure charges.

"I just want to repeat that the charges brought up against Malachi were all lies."

We did back each otherís story up. I canít really speak for why other people did it. I know that a lot of them had their own personal anger issues with Malachi. I want to state that nobody that left the community left because they were molested. That was never a reason why anybody left because they were molested or because he was doing things to them that they did not agree to. Nobody left because he was doing any criminal acts. Nobody had any problem with that. That was never the reason for anyone to leave Ė child or adult. That was never the reason for anybody to leave. Everybody left because they wanted to leave. Because they got fed up. I left because I wanted a new life; it just wasnít for me anymore. Some people did get kicked out but it was never because of any child molestation issues. Nobody ever left because they felt that they were molested. There was no child that ever, ever made a statement that ďI want to leave because Malachiís molesting meĒ. That never took place. That never happened. Like I said, the charges were all personal charges, it was all because of personal reasons.

Jacob had at different points in time, questioned us about ďwell about this boy or what about this girl, what do you think heís going to say? What do you think sheís going to say? Did you ever see anything happening with this girl?Ē And I would always tell Jacob ďIĎve never seen anything happen with this boy or this girlĒ but Jacob forced us, he really, really wanted us to say, Ďokay this happened with this boy, this happened with this girlí, ďwell if you are going to say it then you might as well tell themĒ. So he questioned all of us about different people, and like I said, everybody had their own personal reasons, everybody had their reason for feeling that they had to tell the story. For me, it was because I was in charge, and I felt pressured, I felt compelled that anything that anybody told the FBI about me, it would be so hard for me to try to prove that it was a lie or prove that it was not the truth and like I said, I was never represented by my own personal attorney, I didnít really know my rights, I donít really understand the law. I wasnít really told or I would say I was not really informed about everything that was going on. I know there was charges brought up against Malachi, I knew that we had to testify, I knew what we had to say. That was it, I did not understand that I could just get another attorney and speak to another attorney about not going through. There was so many times where I wanted to pull back my statement, when I wanted to just not go through with it but I didnít have the support, I didnít have the backup, I didnít feel that I had the protection, you know, yes I was afraid of going to jail, I was afraid of having my children taken away from me, I know that itís not right to be afraid for myself and think that it was right ďokay, I can protect myself and he still go to jailĒ I know that that is not right. I know that it was a selfish thought and thatís why Iím here now, to tell the truth, to tell it how it was.

In conclusion, itís really, really time for the truth to come out. This is going on two years or, I think it actually has been two years. So many people have suffered. Malachiís suffering day by day because of this, and itís really, really not fair, I really, really believe that somebody had to come out with the truth and like I said, everyday I think about him suffering. Everyday, I think about how wrong it is. What weíve all done, how wrong it is. Everyday I think about what happened to all of the lives of those children. So this is why Iím putting my statement on record because itís the right thing to do. And like I said, I want the truth to come out, I canít be afraid anymore. I canít feel pressured anymore. I canít say that, you know, I canít go on with the rest of my life knowing that Iím hiding the truth, Iím holding the truth. I think itís time for it to come out. It has to come out, you know, we have to bring out the truth behind all these lies that was put out. We have to do the right thing. And Iím here because I want to do the right thing. Because I really want to do the right thing. Thatís it.






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