SENTENCE HEARING DECEMBER 14, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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RICHARD B. RUSSEL FEDERAL BUILDING

ROOM 1705, JUDGE DUFFEY

75 SPRING STREET SW

ATLANTA, GA 30303

 

PLEASE ATTEND SUSTENANCE PRE-SENTENCING GATHERING ON DEC. 13

AND THE SENTENCE HEARING ON DEC. 14

SUSTENANCE PRE-SENTENCING GATHERING: DECEMBER 13, 2009

Hosted by Free Shifa Campaign, Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective

and the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative 

SUNDAY  DEC.  13, 2009
TIME:  6:00 PM-- 8:00 PM
LOCATION: THE ATLANTA FRIENDS MEETING MEETINGHOUSE
701 WEST HOWARD AVENUE,    DECATUR, GA 

 

In solidarity with the Free Shifa Campaign, on the eve of Shifa Sadaquee’s

sentencing date, we invite community members to hold space for sustenance

and justice for Shifa, Harris, freedom fighters everywhere, our families, ancestors

and future generations. We recognize the targeting, criminalization and destruction

of Muslim communities in Georgia and around the world and want to honor

the alliances we are building to respond, transform and counter the conditions

of state violence and islamophobia. We refuse to be isolated!

Please join us for a light dinner as we prepare for Shifa’s sentencing on December

14th and the new year ahead. We invite community members, especially

those interested in mobilizing a show of support the next day against a possible

60 year sentencing of Shifa Sadaquee. 

There will be an update on Shifa’s case from his family, time to gather with

community and space for reflection on how we can strengthen our resiliency,

individually and collectively.


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This event is free and open to everyone. 

 


 

FOR SHIFA'S SENTENCE HEARING

WRITE LETTER TO THE JUDGE ABOUT REDUCING SHIFA'S SENTENCES. 



Please take action on this important social justice issue by writing letters and helping spread the word. 
A young Atlanta man has been convicted unfairly and is about to be
sentenced on four counts of conspiracy and attempt to provide
material support to foreign terrorist organizations. He has committed
no physical acts of violence.  As he said himself at his trial in August:
“I was not then, and am not now a terrorist.”  He will be sentenced on DECEMBER 14, 2009   


URGE JUDGE DUFFEY to SENTENCE SHIFA FAIRLY 
Shifa faces up to 60 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.
Shifa will be 83 years old before he gets out, if the judge throws the
book at him which is likely. 
 
Student movements across Bangladesh sent over 2900 letters in
support of Shifa  have been sent to Judge Duffey, urging him to
reduce the sentencing to time served (best case scenario) or the
lowest sentencing possible in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines.
 
Template and Summary of Trial are attached – Please make it as
personal and from the heart as possible! Visit www.freeshifa.com 
 for more information in the “Who is Shifa” section.
 
READ THE POST-TRIAL REFLECTION LETTER BY HARIS AHMED, SHIFA'S CO-DEFENDANT 
 
Read a personal letter to the Judge from Vanessa Huang 

Send hard copy to judge and PLEASE EMAIL A COPY TO   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - 
Include your name and contact information. 

Send hard copy to: 

Judge William S. Duffey
District Court Judge
United States District Court
1721 Richard B. Russell Federal Building and United States Courthouse
75 Spring Street S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Send email copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Background:
Ehsanul “Shifa” Sadequee is an American born US citizen kidnapped from Bangladesh at 19 and detained unconstitutionally in solitary confinement since 2006. He has been subjected to a physical assault to his head, denied medical care, and has suffered psychological abuse at the federal prison in Atlanta, GA.  Shifa endured punishment and torture for over 1200 days (over 3 years) in solitary confinement before the trial began.  For a long period, Shifa was denied access to information on the charges or evidence against him.  The so-called “evidence” used to convict him consisted of on-line chats, visiting & taping tourist sites, and translating and publishing scholarly religious texts from Arabic to English.  His First Amendment rights to religious beliefs, translation and publication of scholarly and academic literature, free speech, and debates have been violated.  Shifa Sadequee was convicted on August 12 on four counts of conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations. The evidence is flimsy and the laws are all based on “pre-emptive prosecution” to convict people before a crime has been committed.  This case is part of a larger strategy from the Bush era of targeting Muslims for detention and discrimination – through policies of torture, illegal wiretapping and detentions throughout the U.S. and at Guantanamo.  We must work together in this new era of hope to end these unjust policies and to remember individuals like Shifa who are still suffering the consequences.  

For more details about his detention and trial: 
www.freeshifa.com 
If you are not in Atlanta and want to lend support, please don’t hesitate to contact 
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There are multiple opportunities to join and support the organizing efforts through writing solidarity statements, connecting to media around the country, and connecting to similar cases and community responses. 

Wherever you are, please write letters and forward this call on to your networks, friends, families, and organizations!

For more information on the organizing work of the teams here in Atlanta: www.freeshifa.com 
 
JOIN Facebook group with videos and all press releases from the 7 days of trial: Justice For Shifa


Sample      Letter:

November 18, 2009

William S. Duffey
District Court Judge
United States District Court
1721 Richard B. Russell Federal Building and United States Courthouse
75 Spring Street S.W.
  
 
Atlanta, GA 30303 

RE:  Ehsanul Sadequee. Case No. 1:06-CR-147-WSD-GGB
 
Dear Honorable Judge Duffey,

As a concerned US citizen and a resident of [STATE], I am very saddened to hear about the verdict on Ehsanul Sadequee, Shifa’s case.  I am writing to kindly request Your Honor to consider a just and fair sentence for Shifa on December 14, 2009 by sentencing him to time served or to the shortest possible sentence in accordance with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. 
  
Shifa is a peaceful, loving and caring person who is looking forward to a life with his family, his new wife, and his community. He has also been an active member in the greater Atlanta community, regularly donating money to the needy and the poor, helping to raise money for the flood victims of the tsunami, engaging in interfaith discussions, and attending programs on ending violence in our community. I believe that Shifa is a great asset to our larger community and society as a whole. I would love to have him as my neighbor and work with him as a devoted community member.  
  
As our government has asserted in agreement with the defense, Shifa has not hurt anyone. He never committed a petty crime in his life.  Please consider sentencing him to time served on December 14, 2009 three years of incarceration has provided ample time to reflect on mistakes and life direction. I respectfully urge Your Honor to consider a fair sentence for Shifa.
  
I, and many others in the community at large, will be very grateful to Your Honor for ensuring that our justice system is fair to this peaceful, loving, and caring young man.  
  
 
Sincerely,
 [YOUR NAME / ADDRESS] 


 


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