Dhafir by others

Today is the 14th anniversary of the arrest of Dr. Dhafir and other Help The Needy (HTN) charity associates who were subjected to high-profile arrests in the early morning of February 26, 2003, just weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Simultaneous to the arrests, between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m., law enforcement agents interrogated 150 predominantly Muslim families because they had donated to HTN. Dhafir was never released. (more…)

The Nuclear Resister 

After full consideration of a document prepared on his behalf, Rafil Dhafir decided he could not sign it as the “Petitioner” for executive clemency. “How can an innocent person like me ask for this alleged commutation from a criminal, regardless of who she/he is?” asks Dhafir.


The U.S. government framed Dr. Dhafir’s case in the media in order to gain a successful “terrorism” prosecution, while maintaining during trial that he was no more than a common thief who faced 60 counts of white-collar crime.  Michael Powell of the Washington Post called the government’s strategy “shadow boxing” in an article he wrote just before Dhafir’s case came to trial. As a result of this strategy, Dr. Dhafir has no meaningful way within the legal system to challenge his conviction. (more…)

This interview aired on WCNY-TV Access Program at 11 p.m. the night before Dr. Dhafir was sentenced to 22 years in prison.  George Kilpatrick interviews Barrie Gewanter of the ACLU-CNY, and court watchers, Katherine Hughes and Julienne Oldfield.

John Pilger’s article on Dr. Dhafir was published by the Post-Standard in Sunday’s issue on The Readers’ Page. Thank you to the Post-Standard for giving the Syracuse public a chance to see a glimmer of the other side of this case: (more…)

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The Brief for Dr. Dhafir’s latest appeal was filed in the Second Circuit court on June 27th, 2012.  The government has until September 26th to respond.

* Find out more about Dr. Dhafir’s case, read Katherine’s latest article on the eighth anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of Dr. Dhafir and let others know about the case.

*  Dr. Dhafir’s case will soon be coming back to court for resentencing: write to the judge asking for leniency. (more…)

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