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Results from Maaz’s Trial May 25, 2007

Posted by faketerror in Syed Maaz Shah.
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Unfortunately the jury of 12 didn’t accept the entrapment defense on the forth day of the trial. Although the defense attorney did a good job on his part, he was outnumbered and overpowered against the government. The entrapment clause in the law was very vague and technical. The match seemed like a monster against an infant. The prosecutors had 4 persons most of the time at their desk while Maaz only had his attorney to do everything. And consider that the government has all the resources at its disposal (case probably cost them in the millions) while Maaz’s family had to dish out $75,000 from their own for the defense!

Everyone was shocked upon hearing the verdict and it affected Maaz’s mother the most. She had come from New York City to attend the trial. Maaz’s father is currently working in Nigeria. You can just imagine their feelings. When they found out about Maaz going to such camps they barred him from going their again but it was too late. They didn’t want to send Maaz away but because of a full scholarship they gave in. Now his family also has to suffer because of his actions. May Allah make this tough time easy for them all. Ameen.

 9/14/07 Update: Shah given 6 1/2 years in prison

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Jury Trial Begins.. May 21, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Syed Maaz Shah.
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The trial continued today (May 22nd). Most of the day was spent with Malik going through the evidence and explaining the context to the jury.
Maaz’s status was clarified that he was here in the country legally by the ICE agent.
The trial will continue tomorrow (May 23rd) at 9:00am.

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Maaz’s trial has started today (May 21st). It will continue tomorrow (May 22nd)at 9:00 am
Federal Court Building @ 515 Rusk St.,Houston, TX 77002
Floor 9, Court C.
Today they picked the jury and the trial began. The prosecutors narrated the whole story to the jury, which was very similar to the one posted by me earlier. Malik Mohamed (not a Muslim, an undercover agent working for the FBI) testified as did some other agents.
I would encourage all to attend the remaining trial.

Hearing Update! April 23, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Syed Maaz Shah.
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The next hearing in Maaz’s case will be on Monday May 21st, 2007 at 9:00 am, Insha Allah.

According to the news report, the prosecutors are now focusing on the immigration charges more than the terror-related ones. It seems they didn’t have much solid evidences to prove the terrorism charges as all of it is bogus and of their own making. They will now try hard to prove these people being illegal in the country just so that they could justify any of the allegations.
Wallah ul Musta’aan!

Maaz’s hearing… March 7, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Syed Maaz Shah.
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The court hearing for Maaz Shah has been moved to April 30th, 2007. It was originally scheduled for March 5th. I personally do not know the reason for this long delay.

May Allah make grant success to all those unjustly suffering directly or indirectly throughout these trials. Ameen.

About Syed Maaz Shah January 24, 2007

Posted by faketerror in Syed Maaz Shah.
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Maaz (19) first came to the US at a very young age with his family when his father was transferred to Houston. He completed the major part of his school in Houston but during the last year in high school he moved to U.A.E. when his father’s job was transferred there. He came back to US on a full-time scholarship, and was currently studying at University of Texas in Dallas . His younger brother, Irbaz, is also a student at the same university. He and his family had been very active in the Muslim community and the Dawah activities here. He was also very active in the UTD MSA.

The rest of his family is currently out of the country, so he has very little support. You can imagine the pain his mother and father may be going through. May Allah give them patience to bear this great trial and make their son free again.

You can read more about his arrest on this article: UTD sophomore faces federal gun charges following FBI arrest in WP

You are urged to write to him to show your support at his address:
SYED MAAZ SHAH # 36060-177
FDC HOUSTON, FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 526255, HOUSTON, TX 77052