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The Arrest And Torture Of Sayed Mousavi


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It has been over a year when Sayed Mousavi founder of Hejrat Foundation in CA was arrested for baseless reasons and has been subjected to torture since then. But the response of Shias in US has been extraordinarily passive.

Many Shias in US even don't have a clue abt him till now, others are too afraid to talk about him..The Islamic centres are also silent about him and has left it to his family and friends to fight for his release..

my question is WHY ?

For information about him visit:

http://www.freeseyedmousavi.com/

Hejrat Foundation in CA:

http://www.hejrat.info/

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Abbas Zaidi, what kind of fighting shall release Mahmood Mousavi? Demonstrations, khutbahs, letters? They have him and shall punish him to make an example of him unless Allah averts their plan. They don't care if he is guilty or not. He is an active religious Iranian Shiite Muslim who has invited ulama from Iran. That is enough for them.

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Abbas Zaidi, what kind of fighting shall release Mahmood Mousavi? Demonstrations, khutbahs, letters?

Why not, is that a crime in US ?

They have him and shall punish him to make an example of him unless Allah averts their plan. They don't care if he is guilty or not. He is an active religious Iranian Shiite Muslim who has invited ulama from Iran. That is enough for them.

And Shias curse people of Kufa night and day..

The least they can do is at least pray for him in the Islamic centres and mosques ? Is that too much ?

you know Cyan Garamond, I have met "Shias" who do not even want to transfer money into the account

setup for his defense, due to the fear of FBI, and no these Shias are not any illegal immigrants but citizens, permanent residents of USA..

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Why not, is that a crime in US ?

And Shias curse people of Kufa night and day..

The least they can do is at least pray for him in the Islamic centres and mosques ? Is that too much ?

you know Cyan Garamond, I have met "Shias" who do not even want to transfer money into the account

setup for his defense, due to the fear of FBI, and no these Shias are not any illegal immigrants but citizens, permanent residents of USA..

Well, yes it is the atmosphere of fear that the powers that be have set up. I am rather surprised though that the imams of congregational prayer would refuse to pray for him and speak a few words regarding his plight.

People must protect themselves, but there are other ways of handling things also; but, I agree the Shias must stand up for themselves or face worse plights in the future.

Salaams,

He is not guilty of anything. They claim he works for the Islamic Republic, because he is a representative of Ayatollah Khamenei and used to collect Khums money.

wa salaam,

Abbas

From the point of view of the US gov't., this is a legitimate crime. They will never separate the religious from the political, but neither does the IRI. Ayatollah Khamenei is the leader of an enemy gov't. and thus a man openly claiming to be his representative and collecting money for him, for whatever purpose, is a clear red flag.

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the cahrges sound like complete BS:

Seyed Mahmood Mousavi has openly lied to the IRS, broken the U.S. embargo with Iran, and lied on his naturalization application; therefore, he should be held behind bars for 20 years to life.

the sites response to that [Edited Out] is:

On the count with regards to taxes, the government will not tell you that in the two years which Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is accused of not paying taxes, he actually lost money. At first, the count against Seyed Mahmood Mousavi alleged that he earned an unnamed sum of money from his Hajj Company, Hejrat Hajj and Umrah Services, in the years 2003 and 2004, and did not claim it on his personal or business tax returns. Later, they claimed that this sum was $500,000.

This business is under Hejrat Foundation, which is a non-profit company. Hejrat Hajj and Umrah Services creates the opportunity for Muslims in the U.S. to go on the spiritual trip to Mecca and perform their religious Hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj trip is an opportunity for Muslims to disconnect with the materialistic worries of everyday life for ten days, and focus on nourishing their spiritual side so that when they come back to their everyday lives, they are re-energized and refueled. This burst of energy and the calmness they get will help them to continue their lives with more spirit and energy, and be even better in giving back to society as they have things in better perspective now. Seyed Mahmood Mousavi has always been a firm believer in helping others. He realized that through providing this opportunity not only is he helping in the wish of many American Muslims to come true, but also by making a spiritual trip possible for many, the American society is also benefiting from the positive outcomes of its refreshed citizens. The nature of this trip is spiritual and the Hajj and Umrah Services is not a “business” in the sense of the commonly used term. It is not for profit making. It is to help other fellow Muslims to perform their duty and to give them a chance for them to nourish their spirits. As a result, the “business” makes very little profit, if any, and often loses money instead.

In the years of 2003 and 2004 the company didn’t actually make any earnings; it lost money. Seyed Mahmood Mousavi's accountant was not allowed to testify in court, nor was he allowed to show the expenses of the Hajj company, which would have proven that there was no profit made. Seyed Mahmood Mousavi was not given the chance to show the court what the reality was and now he is imprisoned, not because of failing to pay taxes; rather, he is imprisoned because he did not “report” the income and the subsequent expenses of this non-profit company.

The counts with regards to the Iranian Transactions Regulations state that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi violated the U.S. embargo with Iran by signing a contract with a Kuwaiti company which conducted business with Iran. On another count, he is charged with selling, directly and indirectly, technology and services to Iran and the government of Iran. In 2002, Seyed Mahmood Mousavi was approached by a company in Kuwait. He was asked to go there for a consulting job. The company wanted to do some business with Iran, selling them cell-phones, and buying gravel and sand from Iran. They prepared an “Incentive Plan” – not an actual contract – that listed the projects that the company planned to pursue. In the following days, the company held meetings in which Seyed Mahmood Mousavi explained to them the difficulties and the much bureaucratic red-tape they would have to overcome in order to enter into any business with Iran. After a couple days, the company realized that it would have to invest much before entering business with Iran and that it would not be beneficial to spend so many resources just to be able to talk with the Iranian parties. The “incentive plan” was canceled and Seyed Mahmood Mousavi returned home to the U.S. shortly thereafter.

It is interesting to note that the “Incentive Plan,” based on which the government claims that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi conducted business with Iran, was less than two pages long. The plan lists three huge projects which the company would discuss pursuing. Certainly, had the plans gotten further than just talk, there would have been a very lengthy contract with all the details and steps to actually implement the plans.

The government accuses Seyed Mahmood Mousavi of breaking the embargo with Iran. But there was no involvement of any Iranian party with the Kuwaiti company! Moreover, even the government’s witness, an expert from OFAC, testified that since an Iranian party never signed a contract, there was no Iranian component to this deal and as a result there was no violation of breaking the embargo with Iran.

On another count, Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is charged with “intending” to break the embargo with Iran. To this we would like to pose just one question: If one is to obtain permission to enter a contract with Iran, does that also mean that one needs to obtain permission for simply holding a meeting with a Kuwaiti company that wants to discuss the possibility to enter business with Iran? Isn’t it logical to first make sure that the comapny actually will be entering a contract with an Iranian company and then obtain the permission? What was Seyed Mahmood Mousavi expected to obtain permission for?

Now the law states one needs to obtain permission to enter contract with Iran. That by itself means that conducting business with Iran is not a crime, one is just required to obtain permission before entering a contract with Iran. Now if a U.S. citizen is approached by a third party that is considering to possibly conduct business with Iran, wouldn’t the first logical step be to first ensure that there will be a contract with Iran before asking for permission? Otherwise, what exactly would that person ask permission for?

The other charges are in regards to Seyed Mahmood Mousavi's citizenship application. The prosecution claims that Seyed Mahmood was an “active and ranking member of the Iranian military.” This charge is utterly false. Seyed Mahmood Mousavi never served in the Iranian military. In fact, due to medical reasons, he was officially excused from the military service mandatory on all Iranian male citizens.

The prosecution “proved” that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi was a member of Iran’s military by using mistranslated documents. Seyed Mahmood's Iranian driver’s license was translated as a military’s driver’s license, whatever that is. The word “police department” in Farsi was translated to “military”! The prosecution also mistranslated the term “janbaaz,” and said that the “cart-e janbaazan” was a “Devotee Card.” The FBI had previously claimed to Seyed Mahmood Mousavi's secretary that it was a “suicide mission squad” card. She had pointed out to them, at that time, that they were mistaken. The “cart-e janbaazan” is actually a handicap card, with the international handicap symbol shown on it, which states to what extent a person is handicapped. All persons – military and citizen alike – who were injured in the Iran-Iraq war were issued such a card. Many other documents were deliberately mistranslated to “prove” that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi was in the military.

It is interesting to note that during the trial, the prosecution called Mohsen Sazegara as a witness. It is good to have some background information about him. Mr. Sazegara was a university student at Sharif University in Tehran when Imam Khomaini was in Paris; he left the university to join him there. When Imam Khomaini returned to Iran, Mr. Sazagara returned with him. He was one of the founders of the Revolutionary Guards. He was a supporter of the “University Students Following the Path of the Imam,” which are famous for taking the American hostages at the U.S. embassy. He was an assistant to a cabinet member. In 2001, he ran for the presidency of Iran, but the Shura Negahban disallowed him. After that, he turned against the Iranian government. He started a magazine against the government. He and his son were held in prison in Iran for 40 days because of his activities against the government. When he came out, he went to London, and then to the U.S. in 2003 or 2004. One of his activities after arriving to the United States consists of working for Voice of America radio, speaking against Iran, and, apparently, acting as an “expert” witness against his fellow Iranians.

Explaining the “cart-e janbaazan,” Mr. Sazegara, the prosecution’s witness, first said that it means that the person who was injured must be in the military or a victim of a terrorist activity. However, in cross-examination he admitted that the card was given to civilians as well. But then he said that after the first few days of the war all the civilians had left those cities. This is a sheer lie; the cities remained full of citizens during the war. Any person who knows a little about history would know that during wars many civilians are injured and killed. The causalities have been documented. But one does not even have to go that far to tell that Sazegara lied about this. Let’s remind ourselves of the Katrina tragedy. The U.S. government knew before hand about the hurricane; the U.S. government tried to evacuate the region of citizens but still a high number of citizens lost their lives. This disaster happened in the year of 2006 in the United States that prides itself with its power. If the United States, with all its power and technology, could not evacuate the cities in those few days when it well knew beforehand about the hurricane, how is it logically possible to claim that the Iranian government in the 1980’s, while gripped by a downward spiraling economy and chaos of an imposing war, could have evacuated its cities from civilians. A brief review on history reminds us that Saddam's imposed war on Iran was only one year after the Islamic revolution of Iran. The previous government of Iran was overturned and the new government was not yet organized. As a matter of fact, in the beginning of the war its military was not even well organized. Yet, the prosecution's witness claims that Iran evacuated its citizens from the war-stricken cities within the first few days of the imposed war. It is awfully sad that such absolute lies could be even accepted in a courtroom of the United States.

Despite this, by the end of the cross-examination, Mr. Sazegara did indeed state clearly that the documents the prosecution presented did not prove that Seyed Mousavi was in the military. He was also shown other translated documents along with the originals. He pointed out a few other errors in the translation, and then testified that the translator which the prosecution had hired was not good, and that they should have hired a better one.

Where the government did not mistranslate documents, it did not provide the court with the whole picture. For example, the prosecution stated that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi had permission to carry a weapon, but they do not state that this was a time-limited permit from the ministry of agriculture -not military- for purposes of self-defense, since Seyed Mousavi lived in a war-stricken city.

The trial only lasted three days. At every turn, Seyed Mahmood Mousavi was denied the way to prove his innocence. Witnesses and documents that he wished to call were turned away. In short, he had no way to present any kind of defense. On April 24, the verdict was returned: guilty on all counts.

Throughout the difficult days of the trial we were hoping and praying that the jury would be able to detect the government’s dirty tricks. We were hoping that they wouldn’t be affected by the paranoia that the media has inflicted on Americans with regards to Muslims. All in all, though, we do not blame the jury members for thinking him guilty; the prosecution team did a thorough job in portraying Seyed Mahmood Mousavi as an enemy to the United States and all its citizens.

At this point in time, we are extremely concerned about the upcoming sentencing. The official press release by the prosecutor’s office states that Seyed Mahmood Mousavi faces up to 61 years in prison. This equals a life sentence. What person is sentenced to life for supposedly not paying taxes? Murderers and rapists don’t even get this severe of a sentence in most cases! There were no charges of terrorism, and Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is no terrorist! Yet, this is the unspoken crime that he has been convicted of. Is it really a crime to be a Muslim and Iranian-American? For this is all Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is guilty of.

bro cyan is right....they are making an example of him :mad:

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^ Read my blog entry where I wrote about his case briefly. I have been in the process of writing something else as while I was in Iran I met his son there. The case is based on nothing but weak assumptions at best.

i cant believe this is happening, what can i do to help?

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Salaam Bro,

No one is against helping the Sayed, but as you know, in the US legal system, there is only a certain way to help him. Either legal or political pressure. Both plans involve speaking with his attorney, or a Shia attorney intimately familiar with this case.

Also, to assist in a proper way, the official documentation will be needed, as will the exact details of the case (unfortunately internet articles are not sufficient).

I'm sure people would be willing to do anything you suggested, but they will need a plan of action first. Are you raising funds for a new lawyer? Are you looking for political contacts? What would you like to do? How can it be realistically be accomplished?

These are not questions to dissuade you, but to help direct efforts in this matter. Inshallah the Sayed can be helped.

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Realistically, though, he has received very little support from the Muslim community other than those immediately involved with the masjid, and this is what I find disturbing. I myself personally went to CAIR and asked them to help (as did others), and they declined for some reason or another. I know the masjid there is trying to get funds and letters of support/letters to congressmen but I don't think that many people have sent them. To be honest, I have little faith that letters will do anything, but it also doesn't take much effort to write a one page letter and mail it. I don't see why people can't do that. I have felt that many people are afraid to discuss the situation (someone even insisted on referring to him by his first name in a telephone conversation as if the government is going to arrest you if you say "Musavi" out loud on your phone). If it were discussed publicly by everyone and people were loud about it and the media contacted, it might help. In America, you get more done when you are public, not when you hide things.

If someone can help and has legal expertise, they can contact secretary of the masjid and they can supply the necessary information. You can visit www.hejrat.info for contact information. I'm sure it would be appreciated.

Salaam Bro,

No one is against helping the Sayed, but as you know, in the US legal system, there is only a certain way to help him. Either legal or political pressure. Both plans involve speaking with his attorney, or a Shia attorney intimately familiar with this case.

Also, to assist in a proper way, the official documentation will be needed, as will the exact details of the case (unfortunately internet articles are not sufficient).

I'm sure people would be willing to do anything you suggested, but they will need a plan of action first. Are you raising funds for a new lawyer? Are you looking for political contacts? What would you like to do? How can it be realistically be accomplished?

These are not questions to dissuade you, but to help direct efforts in this matter. Inshallah the Sayed can be helped.

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Since he is the representative of Sayyed Khamanei, what is Iran doing to ensure his release?

AFAIK he is not the representative of Sayed Khamenei. However, nothing in Iran can be done. Iran is part of the problem. One of the charges he was convicted on was "intent to do business in Iran". INTENT. (It was very sketchy how they did that but they put together some stuff and came up with that conclusion) Unfortunately everything to do with Iran is illegal in the US nowdays so Iran needs to be kept away from legal matters

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