[ACTION] Help Support the Appeals of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossein
July 12, 2013   By:    action, Mohammed Hossain, Yassin Aref   6 Comments   //   1290 Views

The Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM, and the Albany chapter of NCPCF are commemorating the ninth anniversary of the 2004 arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain with two events, which we hope you’ll participate in. Instead of doing this in August, as we’ve done in the past, we’re doing it in July, for the following reason:

In 2011, Yassin obtained significant new information about his case as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This includes evidence that the FBI originally thought Yassin was an Al-Qaeda operative named Mohammed Yasin, who was killed in Gaza in 2010. This evidence led to Yassin’s conviction, and was apparently shown to the trial judge and the appeal court, but not to the defense (and certainly not to Yassin).

As a result, Yassin’s attorneys are helping him prepare a new appeal, called a 2255, to present to Judge Thomas McAvoy, the trial judge in Albany in 2006. Yassin’s formal appeals have been exhausted, but a prisoner has the right to appeal on his own anytime if new evidence is found. The 2255 will be filed with the court in mid-July.

You can help support his appeal.

First, please sign a petition to the judge, which asks him to give serious consideration to Yassin’s 2255: 

“A Victim of Mistaken Identity,” http://www.change.org/petitions/a-victim-of-mistaken-identity 

Second, SAVE THE DATE: on Friday, July 12 at 6 p.m., we’ll hold a rally at the Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Ave. in Albany, with speakers to discuss various aspects of this new information and what it means for the Aref-Hossain case. This will be during Ramadan–all the more reason to focus on the injustice done to the Muslim community by this case. For more information, and to download a flyer: http://www.projectsalam.org/events/07-12-13.html

The rally will also serve as the launch for a unique event, the “Journey for Justice.” To publicize the importance of the 2255, and to emphasize to the judge that Albany has not forgotten this case, Lynne Jackson of Project SALAM will hand-deliver the petition signatures to Judge McAvoy in Binghamton, NY (his home court). Lynne will walk 133 miles from Albany to Binghamton over the course of 10 days, beginning on July 12 and arriving in Binghamton on Monday, July 22. She’ll launch the “Journey for Justice” from the Masjid As-Salam at 7:30 p.m., right after the rally, and walk (with as many supporters as possible) to the Pine Hills Library on Western Ave. (which is Route 20).

The next day, Saturday, July 13, she’ll set off from Route 20 and begin the trek to Binghamton. 

How can you help, or participate in, the Journey for Justice?


  1. Be sure to sign the petition, at http://www.change.org/petitions/a-victim-of-mistaken-identity  Pass this link along to your group, your friends, or anyone else who wants to sign. We want to present as many signatures as possible to Judge McAvoy.  
  2. Attend the rally on July 12. Media will be invited, and we want to show them by a big turnout that Albany has NOT forgotten the injustice of this case, or these men or their families. 
  3. Be a walker on the Journey for Justice. Walk a few feet, yards, or miles, for part of a day, a whole day, a few days, or the whole way to Binghamton. Here’s information about the walk: 


And here’s what you need to know to participate: 


 4. Sponsor a part of the walk. We need both individual and group/organization sponsors. Whether you can offer general solidarity or concrete assistance, such as supplying a support vehicle for one or more days, or leads on places to stay overnight between here and Binghamton–your support and sponsorship is crucial. Go to  


Contact Lynne Jackson at  , or (518) 366-7324, if you want to walk or if you can assist with a vehicle or a place to stay, or for any other details about the Journey for Justice.

E-mail me at if you want to add your name, or your group, to the supporters’ list (all names will be listed in the publicity for these events).  

Thank you, and please circulate this information widely.

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