In this episode we will hear directly from Yassin about what life is like in the brutal CMU – Communications Management Unit prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
While we were finding out more and more about this possibly illegal prison unit at Terre Haute from Yassin, the attorneys for both Yassin and Mohammed (Yassin’s co-defendant) were preparing appeals to the 2nd Circuit Court.
At the same time, the Muslim Solidarity Committee organized the first march and rally marking the anniversary of their arrests (August 4) and turned this into an annual event, because we will not forget the unjust prosecution and imprisonment of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain.
The last episode covered Sentencing Day, March 8, 2007 and brought you readings of support letters and editorials from community members, newspapers, and the defendants themselves. All were trying to get the judge to give Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain lenient sentences, instead of the 30 years to life that was recommended by federal guidelines.
The Bureau of prisons is required to place a prisoner no more than 500 miles from home so that the family can visit. But this did not happen with either Mohammed or Yassin.
Sentencing day will show you how doubts about both the case and the tactics remained in the minds of nearly everyone. An article by the Times Union reporter who covered the case actually provided new information about the case! The FBI’s press release and press conference continue to raise questions about their guilt or innocence.
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