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Ummu Sufyaan
02-17-2011, 08:05 AM

A bail hearing has been scheduled for Dr. Tarek Mehanna who has been unjustly imprisoned under 23-hour solitary confinement for 15 months after refusing to be an FBI informant against his community. Dr. Mehanna is a well respected, loved and outspoken member of his community who has spent his time as a scholar, friend, teacher and leader.

Dr. Mehanna and his family have requested that you come to the courthouse on the day of the hearing to express your support and belief in his innocence. We ask that you help us to show the Judge why Dr. Mehanna should be released on bail. THIS HEARING IS THE MOST CRUCIAL ONE YET: this will be the first opportunity for Tarek's lawyers to make a strong case for Tarek's right to have bail set and be home with his family pending trial.

The date and time as follows:

Wednesday, February 23rd at 3pm
Moakley Federal Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA

Please spread the word to others and show up as early as possible!! Because the hearing starts at 3, it is best to be there well before then.

This is a big opportunity for you to show your support for this man who has served his community and defended justice. It is crucial that we have as many supporters as possible show up to court. This is a real chance for Dr. Mehanna to be released on bail and we cannot stress enough how much your presence is needed!

A rally outside the courthouse will follow the hearing regardless of the outcome. We ask that you join us for the rally.

Let's make this a strong turnout! We have to show Dr. Mehanna, his family, the judge, the press and everyone else how much love and support he has! We want Dr. Mehanna back in our community where he belongs.

Thank you all for your support on behalf of Dr. Mehanna, his family, and the support committee.

*Reminder: Be prepared for the possibility that the government will change the date last minute. Remember to bring 2 forms of ID (at least one photo ID) and that no cell phones or another electronics will be allowed into the court. We also ask that you dress appropriately for the courtroom.*


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Ummu Sufyaan
03-03-2011, 04:50 AM

Terror suspect loses bid for bail

A former volunteer teacher at a Worcester Islamic school has been denied release from jail pending his federal trial on terrorism charges in October.

U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. in Boston upheld the ruling of a magistrate judge that no combination of conditions could prevent Tarek Mehanna, 28, of Sudbury, from fleeing before his trial.

The U.S. attorney also argued that Mr. Mehanna needed to stay in jail because he poses a danger and would obstruct justice.

His codefendant, Ahmad Abousamra of Mansfield, is a fugitive believed to be living in Syria. They are charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to do so, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and, between them, six counts of making false statements.

The Rev. Jason Lydon of Community Church of Boston found Judge O’Toole’s decision “deeply disappointing.” The minister, a spokesman for The Tarek Mehanna Defense Committee, said, “His family and his community had hoped he would return to his community in preparation for trial in October and I think that, as his lawyer made clear, the denial of bail will inhibit preparations for trial.”

He added, “His community will stand behind him, and we trust his lawyers will do everything that they can to secure his long term freedom.”

Mr. Mehanna was a volunteer teacher at Alhuda Academy on East Mountain Street, Worcester, after his release Dec. 19, 2008, on a single charge of lying to the FBI, until he was arrested Oct. 21, 2009, on the more serious charges and held.

A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, he also worked as an intern for about three years at Walgreens pharmacy in Marlboro beginning in December 2006.

Judge O’Toole noted the argument of defense lawyer Janice Bassil of the difficulty of preparing a defense with her client in jail and so many documents and recorded conversations in Arabic and slang. He said special accommodations such as availability to Mr. Mehanna in jail of a computer have already been made.

He said, “It is possible that further accommodations at his place of confinement may be appropriate. The attorney general is hereby respectfully reminded of his obligation to assure that the defendant is provided with reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel.”

The Justice Department accuses Mr. Mehanna of translating jihadist materials and said that he wanted to shoot shoppers as well as first responders at an American mall, but was unable to secure automatic weapons. It said he traveled to Yemen for training at terrorist camps, while his lawyers said he went for religious studies.

Mr. Mehanna’s lawyers were not available for comment today.


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