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Results from Maaz’s Trial May 25, 2007

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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.

Shiraz’s Sentencing May 10, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Shiraz Syed Qazi.
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The sentencing in Shiraz’s case will be this coming Thursday May 17th, 2007 at 8:30 am. It will be in the same building in downtown @ 515 Rusk St., Houston TX 77002.

Next court date May 2, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Adnan Mirza.
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Adnan appeared in court on April 27, 2007 for a re-scheduling hearing. The prosecutors had requested more time in order to respond to the motion filed by Adnan’s attorneys. I will post the copy of the motion once I get it, Insha Allah.
Nothing else was discussed regarding the case. The next hearing in Adnan’s case will be on July 27th, 2007 @ 11 am and the jury trial on October 29th, 2007.

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.

How it all began? February 16, 2007

Posted by Fauji in Adnan Mirza.
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It was while Adnan volunteered at ICNA/WHYISLAM Houston, that he became good friends with Kobie Williams and Jim Coates. Adnan had been very fond of outdoor camping and long drives for which he used to make trips almost every 5-6 months. He had been to many Young Muslim camps which are annually organized. He had been very regular in outdoor camping long before this so-called 2005 investigation started.

Jim was made in-charge of many WhyIslam activities in Houston especially the HPD training courses on Islam. In sometime of 2004, Jim and Kobie had travelled near the Big Bend National Park for camping/hiking and there they were stopped by the Border Patrol (who usually check almost everyone in that area as it is very close to the Mexican Border) and because of their religious background the FBI was called on to ask them questions (Note that it was only Jim and Kobie who were at that hiking trip. The FBI Houston chief incorrectly made the remark during Kobie’s guilty plea on how they were informed about these two men i.e. Adnan and Kobie through referral from the Border Patrol).

After their return to Houston, both Jim and Kobie were approached by the local FBI for further questioning in which Jim cooperated with them while Kobie literally shut the door on their face. Jim was offered a great deal by the feds and he went for it. Since then Jim’s attitude and behavior changed and he started acting “weird” (it even came up during the cross-questioning of the FBI agent in Adnan’s hearing and the FBI agent acknowledged that both Kobie and Adnan mentioned this “weird” change in Jim). Then Jim started to organize camping trips and brought hunting equipment to the group. Initially they just went for some fishing trips and then later they started going to local shooting ranges for hunting practice. Jim also introduced another person to the group, Malik Mohammad.

They all became very close and would spend much time together camping on weekends and would spend evenings at local coffee shops having friendly discussions on all sorts of Islamic/current events topics. Jim would bring up the topic of Jihad very frequently during these discussions (the FBI agent acknowledged that the paid informant (we know it was Jim) was given instructions to discuss only certain topics and to record them). During their discussions Jim would repeatedly mention that he wanted to go fight with the mujahideen and would tell the group that he saw dreams that he was fighting alongside the mujahideen. During all these times, they would take photos and have fun because that is what they went there for. During their last camping trip, Malik, who has a military background, offered to give them specific military training, in case they might need it for their defense.

Jim had even divorced his wife. Once his job was done with the group, he took a leave. He told the group that he was going out of state, to live with his mother for some time who is very sick. Months passed and he would not return their calls. Upon calling his mother they were surprised to find out that Jim never went to see her and she was never sick.
Kobie in the meanwhile was approached by the FBI again and this time they told him much about the case against them. During these investigations, the feds threatened Kobie that if he didn’t cooperate with them, he would end up in prison for a long time. Finally they asked Kobie to talk to Adnan and tell him to come and have a talk with them. Kobie did so but he did not tell Adnan anything about the charges. Adnan went the very next day. Thinking that it was not that important he went alone. There he was questioned and intimidated by six (6) officers in a room while he was there alone and he was even made to waive his right to an attorney during the questioning. They asked him questions about what he thought of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he honestly told them about his personal views on the war.

He voluntarily turned his hunting gun, which he had and even gave his passport to them. Like Kobie, the officers told him strictly not to talk to anyone about this case and to cooperate and accept the charges and they promised to give him a very short time in prison. Adnan however spoke about the case (not in detail though) to many people. He was then take to the immigration detention a week before Kobie’s guilty plea. Since then he has been in Federal prison. To make the case look stronger and bigger in media, the feds arrested Shiraz and Maaz, for charges of firearm possession.

Results for Shiraz’s Trial January 30, 2007

Posted by faketerror in Shiraz Syed Qazi.
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During the first part of the case, Shiraz and his attorney waived the right for a jury before the judge. The judge verified with both and the lawyer explained the reason to the judge. The main reason for waving it was that if Shiraz was found guilty by the jury the sentence would be much tougher.

The US Government accused Shiraz of possessing a firearm during the camping trip for 3 days while he was under his student visa. They presented pictures of him holding the gun, which he did not deny.

In the end, the judge issued the verdict that he is GUILTY and that his sentencing would be held on May 17, 2007. Until then the court would investigate this issue and get more information.

After the hearing Ali Khalil, an official from CAIR Houston, who attended the hearing, investigated more with Shiraz’s attorney, Mr. Brent Newton, about the case. The attorney said that this is how it usually goes and during the time before the sentencing they will present all the evidence. When asked how long his sentence may be he said maybe a few months to a year. 6 months will already have been served in May. But after he is let go the immigration authorities will probably arrest him.

The CAIR official was also interview by Cindy George, who also attended the hearing, from the Houston Chronicle. He explained that these friends were at the wrong place at the wrong time. The law that they are charged with was not well known by anyone, even attorneys didn’t know it. He told that if the government enacts a law like this, they have the responsibility to make it public and inform the community leaders to announce it. They shouldn’t be held responsible for a law that is just on the papers and everyone is ignorant about it.

We pray for the quick release of Shiraz and the other Muslims who have been accused by the government.

You can read this article in the Houston Chronicle regarding this hearing: Pakistani found guilty of gun charge.

Also read this from Tom Kirkendall’s blog (Houston based attorney): Expensive Target Practice (related to this case). It also has links to the actual “motion to dismiss” and the “prosecutor’s response” documents for Shiraz’s case.

Update on Shiraz’s Case January 24, 2007

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The next hearing for Shiraz Qazi will be on Tuesday January 30th at 1 pm at the Federal Court in Downtown Houston on the 11th floor at 515 Rusk, Houston, TX 77002. Click here for a map. Please try to come and show your support to him and his family!

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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