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by Laila Yaghi

Ziyad Yaghi: Sentenced to 31.5 years in prison
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan: Sentenced to 15 years in prison

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Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056) 
Federal Correctional Complex-USP-2
P.O. Box 1034Coleman, FL 33521-0879
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan #51769-056 
USP Coleman IU.S. Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

I want people to understand how corrupt our system is and how it is solely designed to keep the rich rich and the poor poor and how it has no conscious what so ever! Its goal is money and to use people as scapegoats to fulfill their political goal
My son, Ziyad Yaghi, was only a teenager when he and his friend Omar Hassan (originally from Egypt) and Ziyad originally from Palestine and Jordan went to visit the country of their origin! All what they did was go sightseeing and visit family members and were looking for a future bride. Nothing out of the ordinary took place overseas in Jordan and in Egypt and after two years and a half of my son and his friend coming back from overseas the FBI decided to arrest them! 
On July 27th, 2009 our apartment complex was invaded by armed FBI agents and a SWAT team who arrested my twenty-one year old son from the pool! 
They made it seem like they were arresting a “terrorist”! This big hype for the media so who ever wants to get elected will claim that they arrested a “terrorist” to help keep our country “safe”
Safe from what? When my son has not done one thing wrong or hurt as much as a hair on anyone’s head! He was refused a speedy trial based on there was “secret evidence” and remained in jail for over two years till his trial took place by a very biased jury who were not of my son’s peer and fill asleep during the trial and most of them were older people, some who could barely walk! The trial was very unfair and very unclear tape recordings of “The Ring leader” were played filled out by the prosecutors in a transcript given to the jury was used against my son who was not in any of these tape recordings! Of course even though there was not any evidence against my son, and even though the “ring leader” when basically forced under duress to testify against my son, when cross examined said that he never conspired with my son, Ziyad Yaghi, to do anything!!! Yet the jury convicted my son and the Judge gave him 31.5 years!

The judge also allowed biased material in court that had nothing to do with my son like video tapes of people beheading other people and so on which of course scared an ignorant jury!

This entire ordeal has caused us so much grief, depression and sadness. Many days I wake up crying or go to sleep crying or have to leave my job because all of a sudden I burst out crying while I am at work and cannot stop!
I am constantly spaced out because I keep thinking about my son and the situation that he is in! He is in (Special Housing Unit) which is even worse than solitary confinement! Not only that, they fined us, because they wronged us, $8200 which will be taken out of the money that I send him for commissary!
The assistant manager at our apartment complex said that she never saw a more gentleman than my son!
My son who did not like me killing any insects in our apartment now is convicted of material support and conspiracy to kill and maim people!!! We still don’t know material support to whom since my son did not give any money to anyone and to kill who since he never even thought of hurting anyone!!!
Just because some people want to be promoted or get elected we have to suffer! Our family has been shattered our lives interrupted from people with no conscious!
Muslims are being discriminated against, oppressed and denied any rights in America!!!
A country that I was born in took our rights from us and discriminated against us just because we are Muslims 
It is you who can us help when you speak out, when you stand by us the oppressed. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu 

Please help Ziyad!
I need ALL of you to do this. If you have already done so, PLEASE take a few minutes to pass it along and urge others to do the same?
• Share my story with your friends
• If you know any great lawyer who will take my son’s case (pro-bono) let me know
• Sign the petitions and write letters to the people in charge. Come on, just think about it. What would you do if this was your own child?
• Speak about the injustices and the discriminations that are going on against Muslim people and the unfair targeting of the FBI towards Muslim people
• Don’t vote for Presidents/Congressmen who encourage this type of discrimination or who stay quite while these kind of injustices are taking place under their reign 

It's the little things we do that can make a difference.
Every society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate amongst them. If you feel that you can just sit back and read about Ziyad and do nothing to repel this injustice and that it can never happen to you, think again.
Donate generously because his appointed lawyer barely defended him just watched my son sink. I need to get him a private lawyer so he won’t spend the rest of his life in jail
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by Laila Yaghi (Note from author: I wrote it before the sentencing took place but did not publish it until today)
As sentencing is nearing for my son and two of his co-defendants, as a mother of one of the co-defendants, Ziyad Yaghi, I can’t begin to fathom the enormous injustice that our country has done to us just because of our religious belief.

I begin to reiterate that my son only went overseas to get married and visit family members hence most of the Yaghi family live in Jordan.  Moreover, Muslim people get married at a young age to avoid fornicating which is one of the major sins in Islam
Many of my son’s peers are either married or are looking for a wife.  This is the tradition in Islam to marry at a young age to avoid fornicating and having illegitimate children.
So why then has my son been accused of conspiracy and material support?  Why would a young man who was seeking to please his Lord and fulfill his obligations towards his deen (religion) be prosecuted?

I began to research about all the cases that are similar to my son’s case and found that most if not all these young men had a few things in common.  One of the characteristics that these young men shared was that they spoke against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan except that my son really did not speak against the war. He was too young and immature but his co-defendant did

So now we know why many of these men are accused of conspiracy and material support.  Their crime that the FBI concocted had no basis; material support, to whom?  How is my son convicted of material support when he did not spend any money on anything illegal or any terrorist organization?  How is he convicted of conspiracy when there hasn’t been a crime that has taken place or even a plan to commit a crime?
Even when his co-defendant, Daniel Boyd, “the ring leader” as the prosecutors called him plead guilty so he can save his home from being repossessed by the government and have his sons get out of jail in no time, admitted when cross examined that there wasn’t any agreement between him and my son to conspire to kill or maim people abroad or anywhere else for that matter.  Moreover, he stated that he and the co-defendants never had a plan to do any kind of harm to anyone!

So how then did my son get convicted?
Well for one thing, the trial was set two and a half hour away from where all his friends and community members live.  In addition, the jury consisted of mostly elderly people whom most of them as stated to the questions asked to them by the judge, did not leave New Bern (the city where the trial took place).  Moreover, many of them had family members in the military.  On top of that, the prosecutors manipulated them into thinking that these young men are jihadist.  How did the prosecutors manipulate them?  Well for one thing, they provided endless hours of boring unclear tape recordings of Boyd, “the ring leader”.  Pay attention; unclear tape recordings that the prosecutors then handed the jury some transcripts with words filled in by the prosecutors.  Then, even though my son was not in any of these tape recordings, the prosecutors kept bringing up his name and showing his picture while the tape recordings were being played, while the jury were reading a fabricated filled in transcript by the prosecutors
So an uninformed not well educated, not traveled and elderly people who some of them mind you, can barely walk and keep awake, were anxious of getting this ordeal over and in favor of whom, of course, the well convincing prosecutors
Not only that, the prosecutors kept showing pictures of jihadist beheading and killing people.  And they brought this so called expert, Evan Kohlman, to testify against the co-defendants.  His testimony had no basis since he does not even know the co-defendants.  His fabricated fantasy to portray Muslim people as violent, worked well with an uneducated, uninformed Jury.   Whereas if you look at the statistics here in United States where the most populated Muslim cities are, the less crime and violence there is
In fact, Dearborn Michigan is one of the safest cities to live in the US!  So how then was Evan Kohlman so convincing?  Because the mind of the jury is pre-set based on how Muslims are portrayed post 9/11.  Not only that, the media and how it constantly portrays Muslims plays a huge affect on how people are stereotyped
So now an innocent young man lies in jail for a simple trip he took overseas.  Families have been ripped apart, destroyed and shattered.  A country that feeds off of putting innocent people in jail! United States is the only country that loves putting its citizens in jail.   How is God going to bless this country if it is oppressing its own people? 
And 99 percent of these cases get convicted even though there is not any evidence of anything and remember not any crime has taken place
It is as if the prosecutors either scare the Judges to comply with what they want or they will lose their jobs or more likely work together in conspiring to kill and maim the truth.  There is something going on behind the scenes that no one knows but God


Write to Ziyad Yaghi

Write to Ziyad Yaghi:
Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056)
Federal Correctional Complex-USP-2
P.O. Box 1034
Coleman, FL 33521-0879

Write to Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan:
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan #51769-056
USP Coleman I U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Important Information

Via Friends of Human Rights: Support Ziyad Yaghi. He lost his appeal, and will continue serving an outrageous 31-year sentence for a crime the government thought he might commit sometime in the future! The charge was conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and to maim and murder people overseas. Who, where and when were not specified. The evidence, which basically was speech, showed he was not involved in any conspiracy. And in turning down the appeal, the judge apparently felt that the First Amendment does not apply to Ziyad. Also, the judge saw nothing outrageous with a 31-year sentence for a crime that hasn't happened. If you want to show the prison that you support Ziyad, and let Ziyad know that he is not forgotten, you can write to him at this address: Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056) USP Coleman 2 P.O. Box 1034 Coleman, FL 33521
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