Tariq Mehanna arrested for allegedly lying about the location of Daniel Maldonado
According to the details from the Boston Globe, Tariq was arrested for allegedly lying to the FBI in December 2006 regarding the whereabouts and activities of Daniel Maldonado. For now, he is being held without bail (pending a hearing to decide whether or not he should be held without bail). The FBI claims that it recorded phone calls and that it had an informant who secretly recorded conversations with Tariq that, they claim, show that he was lying to them about Daniel.
Before I go any further, I would like to remind all of our readers that these are only accusations against Br. Tariq. At the moment, we don’t know Tariq’s side of the story, nor do we know how much of what the FBI is claiming is false and how much is true. That being so, we should assume that he is innocent unless proven otherwise. The principle of innocent until proven guilty is a foundation of this country’s legal system and values, that I hope and pray that we as a nation will fully return to after so many well-documented individual abuses given the fledgling status of habeas corpus in America these days.
Let’s take a step back and consider the implications of this incident: we have another American citizen with no previous criminal record of any kind, being held without bail (for now) in his own country, arrested TWO years after the alleged incident and while on his way to a prestigious position that should have been new positive chapter in his and his family’s life.
No mention was made of any other wrongdoing since the alleged incident in 2006, and they didn’t arrest him then, so arresting him now does not make any sense. Such a tactic serves only to smear Muslims, and brings pain and suffering to him, his family, and his future. Such tactics by the authorities work directly against the integration of the Muslim community into this society, serving only to create a hostile environment that leaves Muslims fearful, marginalized, and unable to trust the authorities.
Once again, I remind all of our readers that, under the laws of this country, Tariq is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise. I can honestly say that I can think of very few individuals that I know personally who can match this brother’s character and efforts for the deen. It would be extremely saddening if we were to lose such a brother. I ask everyone to please make du’a for Tariq’s expedient release and that Allah protects him and makes his innocence known. May Allah protect Br. Tariq from those who wish him ill, make his innocence known, and grant him an extremely speedy release and safe return to his family and life. Aameen.
If anyone is in the Boston area, please try your best to attend Tariq’s court hearing to show your support.
Court Hearing for Tarek Mehanna
Show Your Support – Attend the Hearing
Monday, November 17, 2008
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
John Joseph Moakley US Federal Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
(617) 748 9152
Source: Muslim Matters<