"Kiss the babies for me," the voice said. The it went on:
"We're going to get the murderers, too, or some heads are going to come out of here. The murderers are more important than these people in here."
The voice was that of Hamaas Abdul Khaalis. It rang through D.C.Superior Court yesterday for the first time since he and other Hanafi Muslims went on trial May 31 on charges of murder, kidnaping and conspirary in the taking of three Washington buildings in March.
His words were recorded by Dustruct Police during the sieges. Tapes of the court-authorized wiretaps were played for the jury as the government neared the end of its evidence and prepared to close its case today.
The voice of Khaalis, 55, sounded strong and confident on the tapes.
"The current situation is one that Allah commands," Allah commands, "he tolds a radio reporter in one recording. "We are solidiers and we will fight to the death."
Those words were spoken on the evening of March 9 from the International headquarters of B'nai B'rith, the Jewish service organization at 1940 Rhode Island Ave. Nw, where Khaalis and six other Hanafis had seized more than 100 hostages.
The radio reporter, Mark Effron of WTOP, asked him if his group was responsible for taking over the District Building at 14th and E Streets NW and the Islamic Center at 2551 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
"It certainly is," said Khaalis.
Were they his men at the District Building? Effron asked.
"That's right," said Khaalis.
The prosecution's case turns on events at the Dustrict Building. Maurice Williams, a 24-year-old radio reporter was killed there by a shotgun blast, and three other persons were wounded.
Although only two of the defendants are alleged to have been at the District Building, all 12 charged with murder in William's death on the theory that all were acting as part of a conspiracy.
The purpose of the conspiracy, according to the government, was to compel officials to turn over to the Hanafis for purposes of revenge five black Muslims convicted of murdering seven members of Khaalis's family at their home at 7700 16th St. NW in January. 1973.
Thus the government introduced one conversation in which Khaalis expressed his determination to gain sustody of the convicts and his determination to kill his hostages if his wishes were not carried out.
That conversation, one of three introduced yesterday, was with his son-in-law and spokesman. Abdul Aziz. Aziz was at the 16th Street address with other members of the Khaalis family at the home. Apparently, that is why Khaalis told him to "kiss the babies for me."
The wiretap evidence began to be Judge Nicholas S. Nunzio held one defense attorney in contempt of court and then changed his mind about it, and in which he admonished a prosecutor. It also was a day in which the government put its last hostage witness on the stand.
He was Alan Grip, special assistant to D.C. City Council Chairman Sterling Tucker. Grip was held prisoner by the Hanafits in Tucker's outer office from March 9 until the sieges ended March 11.
He testified that he had seen Abdul Musikir, 22, also known as Marquette Hall, fire a shotgun blast into the back of Robert J.Pierce at a range of about six feet. Pierce 52, another of the hostages, is paralyzed from the waist down and cannot use his right hand or wrist because of his injuries.
"I saw him fire," Grip said of Muzikir. "I saw the shotgun go off. I saw Mr. Pierce's face contort.
"All the shooting stopped and Mr. Pierce began to moan. That's when I fully realized that Mr! Pierce had been hit."
Grip said he had asked his captors it they weould permit Pierce to be taken away for medical attention. He said two women were permitted to drag him to a place where police, who were barricaded in the main hallway of the fifth floor of the District Building could reach him.
The defense has suggested during it's cross examination of government witnesses that Pierce was struck by police who were shooting into the room where the hosatges were held at the time Pierce was injured.
It was understood that the main concern of most of the defense attorneys was the charge of murder against their clients under the conspiracy theory. It was clients under the conspitacy theory. It was understood that they would argue when they opened their case that Muzikir and Abdul Nuh, 28, also known as Mark E. Gibson, had gone to the District Building on their own and not as part of any plan worked out by Khaalis.If they can persuade the jury that this is the case, thenthe 10 Hanafits who were at the B'nai B'rith builing and the Islamic Center may be acquitted murder on the grounds that they were not events during which the murder of Williams occurred.
The attorney cited for contempt of court yesterday was Grandison E. Hill, who was cited for contempt by Judge Nunzio three times last week. In yesterday's incident. Nunzio reporteddly fined him $1,200. After the luncheon recess, the judge lifted the fine and the contemp citation.
The prosecutor who was admonished was Martin E. Linsky, an assistant U.S. attorney. The actions against Linsky and Hill were taken at the same time as a result of a series of objections on the ground that neither was following the court's orders.
On Wednesday, Nunzio admonished assistant U.S. attorney Mark H. Tuohey III, the other prosecutor in the case, and defense attorney Dennis M. I'Keefe. If was incorrectly reported in Thursday's editions of the Washington Post that Nunzio had admonnished defense attorney Stephed J. O'Brien.