Dhafir by others

[Katherine:  Greg West was one of the prosecutors in Dr. Dhafir’s case and it’s very unusual that the local media did not mention Dr. Dhafir’s case in its coverage.  The media ordinarily goes out of its way to mention the “terrorism” prosecution when any of his prosecutors are mentioned.]

Federal prosecutor Charged with drunk-driving and wrong-way driving (more…)

The Syracuse weather was wild and driving conditions bad, but a small group still managed to gather to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of Dr. Dhafir, and the interrogation of 150 Muslim families.  You can see coverage on Channel 10

Katherine Hughes

February 26th, 2011 marks the eighth anniversary of the imprisonment of Dr. Rafil Dhafir as he continues to pay the price for feeding the children of Iraq during the U.S.- and U.K.-sponsored UN sanctions against that country.   His charity, Help the Needy (HTN), openly sent food and medicines to starving civilians in Iraq during the brutal embargo.

I did not know Dr. Dhafir before attending virtually all of his 14-week trial. (more…)

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed a motion in federal court in Indianapolis seeking to add two other inmates – Ali Asad Chandia, 34, and Rafil Dhafir, 62 – to the prayer suit. The Bureau of Prisons, however, opposed Dhafir joining the suit, saying he has not exhausted administrative remedies. (more…)

Convictions in Dr. Dhafir’s case were affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals but the case was sent back to Judge Mordue for resentencing. The court decision can be read here.

Dr. Dhafir’s lawyers will file a petition for a rehearing en banc (all the judges on the court of appeals) because they believe that the court’s analysis of the sentencing issue is inconsistent with the holding of a fairly recent Supreme Court case.  They will also renew their challenge on convictions on at least one ground. (more…)

This post provides an overview for people who heard about Dr. Dhafir’s case at the recent National Assembly Conference:

Dhafir Case Summary

ACLU Statement on the case. (more…)

Dear Paul Riede,

Thank you for publishing the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee letter about Dr. Dhafir’s oral arguments in NYC in you paper. However, I am extremely concerned that you used the whole quote form the NYCLU and did not use quotation marks. We are not in the habit of taking other people’s words as our own (more…)

Published 8/27/08
To the editor:

Almost five and a half years to the day that he became the first and only U.S. citizen jailed for resisting U.S. economic sanctions against the people of Iraq, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a Syracuse oncologist who helped raise almost $5 million in humanitarian supplies for the Iraqi people, will have his appeal heard at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, on August 28, 2008. (more…)

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