A Walk from Albany to Binghamton, July 12 to July 23
Lynne Jackson, a local Albany organizer and cancer survivor, accompanied by other supporters are walking to demand justice for a local resident named Yassin Aref who was wrongfully convicted on terror related charges. Lynne will walk 133 miles from Yassin’s home, the city of Albany, New York to hand-deliver a petition to the trial judge, who is located in Binghamton, New York. This petition, along with new evidence, will reveal for the first time that Yassin Aref was not the man the government was looking for.
A The “Journey for Justice”, (sponsored by Project SALAM) will start at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Masjid As-Salam in Albany, New York and end on Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 AM at the Federal Court House, 15 Henry Street, Binghamton, New York.
Yassin Aref, a Kurdish imam, was entrapped by a criminal con artist hired by the FBI. Despite no evidence that Yassin supported any terrorist activity, the post-9/11 climate made the jury afraid to acquit him or his co-defendant, Mohammed Hossain.
(For more information on Yassin and his case, see this article in New York Magazine, ‘Little Gitmo.’ )
Through a recent FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request, Yassin’s defense attorneys learned about secret evidence that misidentified Yassin as an Al-Qaeda agent. This evidence, which led to his conviction, was apparently shown to the trial judge and appeal court, but not to the defense.
The government convicted the wrong man. Yassin is not a terrorist.
Now the defense has prepared a motion to reopen the case based on this dramatic new evidence of mistaken identity. We are asking you to sign a petition to the judge who will, we hope, consider this motion. The petition requests that the judge give serious consideration to Yassin’s motion to reopen the case.
Come to a Rally and March for Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain on Friday, July 12 at 6:00 PM at the Masjid As-Salam
The Journey for Justice will deliver the petition by walking from Albany, New York to the judge’s home court in Binghamton, New York.
Quick Links to:
Please sign the Petition for Yassin Aref – A Case of Mistaken Identity
Come to the Rally and March – Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM, Albany, NY
Journey for Justice – Deliver petition to home court of the judge by walking from Albany to Binghamton, NY
Notes on conditions of the walk
Become a walk sponsor
Walk Route – List of beginning and ending locations for each day, July 12 to July 23
Would you like to volunteer?