Dr. Dhafir was sentenced today, in Syracuse. The place was packed and silent. When Dr. Dhafir came in the room everyone about 100 people stood in respect of him. It lasted about 3 hours from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon He is a highly respected and peaceful man in the Muslim community and in the general Central New York area. He has been sentenced to around 22 yrs, I believe, more details to come from the news tonight or tomorrow.
Please support him in his appeal and in prison. Address on where he is, will be sent out soon.
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The case of Rafil Dhafir, a Syracuse NY based oncologist of Muslim faith and Iraqi descent, shows what can happen when a zealous justice department (FBI) and an eager prosecution are willing to bend the rules to win a conviction. To our knowledge he is the only person to convicted of breaking the sanctions against Iraq. (To learn more about Dr. Dhafir go to the orginal webpage that talks about him and the case against him-- Free Dhafir. To read a blog of the trial click on Dhafir Trial)
Anthony J. Nocella, II
Ph.D. Student, Social Science
Syracuse, NY 13244