"Emperor" refuses to move horses

September 9, 2008 5:20:17 PM PDT
They say a man's home is his castle, and a man who calls himself Emperor El Bey is taking that seriously. "That makes me who I am, the emperor of the national government of the Aboriginal Nation," El Bey said.

The city of Trenton has told him that the two horses he keeps in his yard have got to go.

El Bey is refusing, saying he's the head of Abannaki Aboriginal Nation, and American-Indian tribe that settled here 2,000 years ago. El Bey says his half-duplex is sovereign territory.

"I am resting here, so this will be my embassy for the present time for my nation," El Bey said. "Municipalities have no weight over a nation."

The city recently gave El Bey a 10 day deadline to move the horses out after receiving complaints from the neighbors about the smell of manure.

"When you get out of the car, if it's not raining out here, the whole neighborhood smells like a zoo," said neighbor Angela Law.

A spokesman for the City of Trenton says, on Friday, a 10 day warning will run out, and El Bay will be issued a summons. At that point, if the horses are not removed, the city will take El Bey to court.

El Bey says, that's possible. But it won't be any court in our area.

"They will proceed on and I will see them in international court with my dual citizenship and my sovereignty of my nation," El Bey said. "I am the emperor."

ElBey, also known as William McRea, was stopped by police last March for using phony diplomatic tags.

Whether he's an emperor or not, authorities say his horses can't live in the middle of the city and they plan to pursue the case to get them moved.

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