Just as Muslims turned in massive support for the Detroit Imam who was shot dead by the FBI, they have packed the courtroom in support of an American Muslim accused of wanting to open fire on mall shoppers. They stick together, while we fight amongst ourselves over whether there really is an Islamic threat or not. This needs to change.
Hat tip to Kendra.
Supporters of Sudbury terror suspect pack courtroom
About a hundred supporters of a Sudbury terror suspect, including children wearing T-shirts that read “Justice for Tarek,” packed a federal courtroom this morning where his lawyer argued for the man’s release on house arrest.
Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin took the matter under advisement and will issue a decision about whether Tarek Mehanna, 27, should be released on bail at a later date.
The hearing drew supporters from all over New England and ranged from close friends of the accused terror suspect to people who read about Mehanna’s plight on a Web site launched by his brother, Tamer, on freetarek.com
“I know him. He’s a very nice guy. He’s my best brother,” said Arben Xhemalallari, of Worcester, who brought his daughter, Madinah, 8, to court. The little girl is a student of Mehanna’s at the Worcester Islamic Center.
“I disagree with everything I’ve read about him,” said Xhemalallari, who took off from his job at Table Top Pies to go to court. “I will find time for him because that’s how much I love him.”
Mehanna and co-defendant Ahmad Abousmra, 28, are accused of plotting with an associate to attack shopping malls and assassinate two unidentified government officials. The associate cooperated with the government’s probe into Mehanna and Abousmra, who lives in Syria.
Mehanna and Abousmra, each face a 10-count indictment alleging they provided material support to terrorists, conspired to kill in a foreign country and lied to federal investigators.
Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr., said federal investigators charged Mehanna after he repeatedly refused requests from the FBI to become an informant. He told Mehanna’s supporters he’d never seen such a showing outpouring for a client.
“They wanted him to become an informant but he wouldn’t,” said Carney.
Prosecutors have portrayed Mehanna, a trained pharmacist, as an extremist who reveled in the death of American soldiers overseas and once expressed that “Texas BBQ” was a better way to handle a rape allegation against an American soldier than the judicial system.
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