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|Update on Palestinian activist tortured by US|
|07/01/02 at 11:35:26|
|> Supporters Pack Jaoudat Abouazza Immigration Hearing.|
> Judge Orders Voluntary Exit, But Abouazza Remains in
> Bristol County prison.
> Defense Committee Vows to Step Up Efforts to
> "Free Jaoudat Abouazza!"
> Meeting tonight, Friday, June 28 - 6:30 PM
> 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 617 522-6626
> Directions: http://www.iacboston.org/directions
> On Thursday, June 27, 2002, 100 supporters of Jaoudat
> Abouazza staged a militant picket line outside the JFK
> Federal Building in Boston, and then entered to pack to
> overflowing the INS courtroom inside the building. There an
> imigration hearing was held in Abouazza's case. Abouazza
> participated in the hearing via videoconference. At the end
> of the hearing he was able to see and greet with gestures
> the courtroom gallery filled to overflowing with supporters.
> The first phase of the hearing focused on whether bond
> should be set for Abouazza. Abouazza's lawyer Nelson Brill
> presented the wide community support that has been shown for
> Jaoudat and the fact that a clergyman, Arab Community
> leaders, and union activists who were present in court were
> prepared to provide any support needed. Brill explained the
> circumstances of Abouazza's presence in the country, of his
> Canadian citizenship and, his entering the country on a bus
> as is normal for all Canadian citizens, and the addresses
> and circumstances of his living while he has been here. The
> Government objected to bond, claiming Abouazza was a "flight
> risk". The government alleged that Abouazza had entered the
> country "surreptitiously", but provided no evidence of that.
> Immigration Judge Shapiro suspended that part of the
> hearing, and proceeded to determine whether or not Abouazza
> should be allowed to exit the United States voluntarily and
> return to Canada, without further processing and without
> being deported. The voluntary exit was requested by
> Jaoudat's lawyer based on consultation with Jaoudat, who
> very much wants to expedite his release from INS custody as
> a result of the brutality that he is continuing to undergo.
> He has repeatedly been beaten and thrown into solitary
> confinement while in prison. Teeth have been forcibly
> extracted without his permission and a tooth broken in the
> procedure remains in his mouth causing continuing pain and
> bleeding. Unlike a deportation, A voluntary exit wouldn't
> legally bar Abouazza from ever returning to the U.S. as a
> deportation would, but the government's attorney made very
> clear that INS intended to deny him entry in the future.
> The government objected to voluntary exit, saying it was
> necessary to "up the ante" to be sure that "if Abouazza ever
> tried to 'surruptitiously' re-enter the U.S. it would be a
> major felony". The government's real intent was exposed by
> their repeatedly expressed frustration that despite
> continuous attempts at interrogation by the FBI, brutality,
> and solitary confinement, Jaoudat has not provided
> information on his political activities in support of
> Palestinian rights or those of organizations and individuals
> who are supporting him and who organized demonstrations in
> support of the Palestinian cause. This has been what
> Jaoudat's entire ordeal has been about from the beginning.
> The presence in his car of leaflets for the June 9 protest
> against an Israeli Day festival in Boston was cited by the
> government as the reason for holding Jaoudat at his very
> first appearance in court after his arrest.
> The judge ruled in favor of Jaoudat's request for voluntary
> exit. However, he also unjustifiably denied bond, continuing
> to subject Abouazza to the clear and present danger of the
> continuing brutalization and attacks by the government and
> their jailers as he remains in Bristol County prison.
> Furthermore, the government indicated in court they would
> appeal the Judge's order. They have 30 days to actually do
> so. In addition, there are still a number of legal
> challenges from the government phat Jaoudat faces. At
> present, in an Ashcroftian catch 22, Middlesex County
> District Court has Abouazza listed in default on these
> issues and has a warrant out for him -- because the INS had
> him in custody and refused to allow him to attend his
> District Court appearance even by videoconference, refusing
> to comply with the District Court issued writ of Habeas
> Corpus ordering that Jaoudat be produced to appear.
> Free Jaoudat Abouazza!
> It is essential that the pressure continue to be brought to
> bear on the INS, the jail, and the Cambridge District
> Attorney to drop the charges and release Jaoudat Abouazza.
> In addition, supporters must continue to press for humane
> medical treatment of Jaoudat including access to him by his
> own primary care physician and dentist.
> Sheriff Hodgson's jail has put out an outrageous order
> barring two of his attorneys, including the Executive
> Director of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and
> their Arabic interpreter from the prison. The prison would
> not allow Jaoudat's primary care physician or dentist, who
> went to the jail, to have access to him. The
> defense committee is demanding that Jaoudat be transferred
> to a medical facility in Boston where his primary care
> chysician and dentist can properly examine him.
> We continue to demand the brutality against Jaoudat Abouazza
> cease immediately, that his doctor and dentist be allowed
> access to him, that he be released, that the charges against
> him be dropped, and that those responsible for his
> mistreatment be brought to account. We will not rest until
> Jaoudat is free, and those responsible for brutality against
> him are brought to account for their actions.
> The Jouadat Abouazza Defense Committee and the International
> A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition
> know that there are thousands of Jaoudat Abouazzas across
> the country, as a result of Bush and Ashcrofts new
> COINTELPRO sweeps and roundups against political activists
> and Arabs and Muslims and Palestinian activists and their
> supporters. aparent nationwide sweep by Bush and Ashcroft.
> Abouazza's case will be a focus of the national
> demonstration at the FBI and Justice Department on Saturday,
> June 29 to Defend Civil Rights. Buses will travel from
> Boston at 11:30 PM on Friday June 28. To sign up, go to
> Letters should continue to be sent to
> USINS District Director Steven J. Farquharson
> Room 1700, JFK Federal Building
> Boston, MA 02203
> with copies to:
> Commissioner James W. Ziglar
> Immigration and Naturalization Service
> 425 I Street, NW
> Washington, DC 20536
> Jaoudat Abouazza Defense Committee
> c/o International A.N.S.W.E.R.
> (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
> 31 Germania Street
> Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
> Letters, calls and faxes should also be sent to
> Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley
> 40 Thorndike Street
> Cambridge, MA. 02141
> voice: 617-679-6500
> Fax: 617-225-0871
> demanding that the charges in District Court be dropped and
> that Jaoudat be allowed to resume his life.
> Please also send copies of your letters to Jaoudat himself,
> and write to Jaoudat, at the address below:
> Jaoudat Abouazza
> Bristol County Jail and House of Correction (N. Dartmouth)
> (North Dartmouth)
> 400 Faunce Corner Road
> North Dartmouth, MA 02747
> GB Unit
> (Unit and ID number should be written on the lower left of
> the envelope.)
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