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Seattle Imam’s Case In Legal Limbo‎‎

ISSUE 210
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African Delegates Raise Their ‎Opinions On Somaliland’s Status

Director Of Hargeysa Water Agency ‎Briefs Guurti’s House Committee For ‎The Agency’s 2005 Annual Report ‎‎

“Abdillahi Jawan” Calls On Opposing Sides ‎Fighting In Yo’ale (Ethiopia) To Seize All Hostilities‎‎

An Ethiopian Delegation Led By The ‎Minister Of Transport And Communication ‎Will Arrive Today In Somaliland‎‎

Somaliland: Elusive Independence‎

Two British MPs Ask Questions On ‎Issues Concerning About Somaliland‎

US Policy Towards Somaliland Changes For The Better

Local & Regional Affairs

Hargeysa Consultative Workshop 16-18 January 2006‎ Communiqué

Gunmen Kill Two Somali Ex-Colonels‎

Compromise Over African Union Chairmanship

ETHIOPIA: CPJ Condemns Expulsion Of ‎Leading Foreign Journalist

Somalia: US Troops Wage Peace ‎Mission In East African Coast‎‎

Somalia New Front For Osama Hunt

Denmark Writes Off Nigeria's Debt‎

Report: Somaliland And The Torfaen ‎Summit 1‎

Little-Known Dimension To War On ‎Terrorism Is Playing Out In East Africa

THE BETTER HALF‎

Editorial
Letter To The Editor

International News

Suspected Pirates Captured Off Somali Coast‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Yemen Terrorism Talks With UK‎‎

Muslim Cleric Faces Charges In Washington

Hijacked Fishing Boat Freed In Somalia

Seattle Imam’s Case In Legal Limbo

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Do African Leaders Hear The Cries Of Hungry ‎Children As They Savior On French Gourmet

Mvela's Ophir Holds Somaliland Cards ‎Close To Its Chest‎‎

Africa Survives Test Of Diplomacy

Somalilanders In Cardiff First Arrived ‎‎1880s Settled 1950s‎

Notice Board

Opinions

The Sool loses ‎

Watch Out For Rayale’s Improved And ‎Enhanced Teeth Made In Germany

The Role Of Political Parties In The Multi-‎Party System: The Case Of Somaliland‎‎‎

Joint Needs Assessment And Its ‎Implications For Somaliland‎

Can Minister Of Finance Present An Honest ‎Revenue Estimates To New Parliament ‎During 2006 Budget Discussions?‎‎‎

The Development Routes Of Somaliland


Northwest Detention Center

SEATTLE, Washington, January 24, 2006 (HOL) – The esteemed imam of a local mosque detained by federal authorities since November 14 th appeared before an immigration court in Tacoma, Washington, this morning. Sheikh Ibrahim Mohamed, a Somali immigrant and the imam of a south Seattle mosque, faced charges of giving false information in this bid to enter the United States over six years ago.

Hilary Han, the Sheikh’s lawyer, wanted to get his client out on bond today, while the prosecution presented the court with a case connecting the Sheikh to “terrorist” activity. Even before such allegations were formally brought against Sheikh Ibrahim, many in the Somali –and in the larger Muslim – community suspected such a scenario. Says a local mosque attendant confidentially to HOL: “If they [federal government] wanted to charge him with immigration violation, then why did the terrorism task force take part of his arrest in the first place? But there’s no way anyone can connect Sheikh Ibrahim to terrorism. The man is a beloved community activist and leader.”

At least one Somali speaker phoned in as a government witness, sources tell HOL. “It’s sad, but the witness is the same person who testified against fellow Muslims in a case before this, right here in Seattle,” said one of the Somalis who came to support the Sheik. Another member of the Somali community was adamant about the Sheikh’s innocence in relation to any connection with terrorism: “He’s not a terrorist. We Somalis left our country because of violence and war, so it doesn’t make sense that we’d support violence anywhere, because we know the pain violent action brings.”

The Sheikh’s case has attracted local media attention and his story has been reported by two newspapers with significant circulation, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, as well as by TV news. The region’s last terrorism-related case was back in the December of 1999 when Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian, was caught with bomb-making material as he attempted to cross over from the Canadian border.

After hours of debate today, the judge on the bench adjourned the session, denying Sheikh Ibrahim’s lawyer his request for his client’s release on bond. He set another court date for February 7, 2006, maintaining the Sheikh’s case in legal limbo.


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