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Court Refuses To Increase Ramona Africa’s Bail

February 23, 1986

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Three appeals court judges have refused to raise the bail of the only known adult survivor of the MOVE confrontation from $200,000 to $750,000.

Ramona Africa, 30, who survived the armed radical group’s battle with police May 13, is awaiting sentencing on charges stemming from the confrontation.

Superior Court Judges James Cavanaugh, Phyllis Beck and Frank Montamuro Friday denied a bail increase request without giving a reason.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Rickman said he requested the increase out of fear supporters would post Ms. Africa’s bail.

Eleven MOVE members died and 61 homes were destroyed in a fire touched off when police bombed the group’s fortified headquarters.

Ms. Africa was convicted of conspiracy and riot charges Feb. 9, but acquitted of aggravated and simple assault. Her bail was reduced from $1.9 million.

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