Portraits of Injustice                                       Mohamed Alessa
August 29, 2017                                                
The Family
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“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu
Dear Supporters,
In December, I brought you the story of Mohamed Alessa and his friend, Carlos Eduardo Almonte. They were arrested in 2010 and charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by trying to join al-Shabab.  After spending three years in solitary confinement and faced with the prospect of life in prison, Mohamed pleaded guilty in exchange for a maximum of 15 to 30 years.
A series of undercover informants  began following Mohamed when he was 15 years old.  The final informant was older and convinced Mohamed that  he was a friend.

After a four-year FBI entrapment scenario, no one was hurt and no act of violence occurred.  Yet Mohamed was sentenced to 22 years, and Carlos was sentenced to 20 years in prison.An Update

Mohamed was sentenced four years ago. Since then , he has been in and out of solitary confinement. Since may, he has

been moved four times, and he has been held in solitary confinement.  As I write, he is in solitary confinement in MDC Brooklyn and is only allowed one phone call a month. He will be moved again, but he doesn’t know when or where.

What happened to the family?

In pre-crime prosecutions like this one,  the defendants are not the only ones hurt. The families are often devastated.

Mohamed’s parents, Mahmoud and Nadia Alessa, are both getting older. They are 67 and  57 years old, respectively, and they have only one son.

When Mohamed was arrested, they lost everything. Friends were afraid to talk to them, and so they were shunned. They lost their Section 8 housing subsidy, and so rent became very high. They lost their jobs, and now haven’t even been able to get an interview for new jobs.  They are willing to move anywhere, but first they need a job.

For more information about this case, click here.

If you would like to contact the Alessa family, click here.
 

In solidarity,

Mel Underbakke, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NCPCF

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Established in October 2010, the NCPCF is a coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil liberties and political freedoms in society; to provide legal advocacy and support for prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system and their families targeted after 9/11; and to defend and preserve the rights of all people according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Geneva Conventions
 
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