A mother of six, Tabitha Gentry who also goes by the name of Abka Re Bey has argued before a court of law that she and her children have the right to squat in a $3 million East Memphis, Tennessee mansion. This despite assertions of burglary, theft and trespass.
In arguing her case, Gentry has evoked a principle that she has legal claim to the property because she is an heir via an anti government sect, the Moorish American National Republic which does not recognize state or federal law.
Despite being complimented by General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Loyce Lambert-Ryan, the judge went on to offer that Gentry’s interpretation of the law is not correct:
‘Even though you felt you had done all that was required and sent notices to the bank that you were taking the property, the laws of the state of Tennessee do not recognize those beliefs,’ said the judge.
‘You’re not an heir apparent because you claim to be a Moorish National.’
Tells the UK’s dailymail:
When Gentry took control of the estate, the property’s front gate was chained shut and signs were put up saying “Keep Out/Private Property.” A flag saying “Moorish American National Republic” was also put up.
Neighborhood residents had different reactions to the occupation. “I know the two former owners,” said neighbor David Peck. “And I knew the house was on the market, but I’ve never heard of anything like this.”
Neighbor Vallie Jo Bell said: “We were just really surprised. I hope they’ll get out and maybe find another place to live.”
At present the case has been sent to grand jury whilst Gentry’s bond was lowered to $50,000 from $2 million.