Daily Archives: 09/05/2021

USA/Syria: Dearborn Man Accused Of ISIS Ties Threatened To Kill His Lawyer If Freed On Bond


A legal team is fighting to get bond for a Dearborn man accused of being an ISIS soldier who hates America. However, the man has threatened to kill his lawyer as soon as he’s released, according to a government court filing.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit will decide the bond issue Monday for Ibraheem Musaibli, 30, held in the Livingston County Jail on charges linked to the Islamic extremist group. A trial is set for October. 

The story of the bond issue was first reported by Robert Snell of The Detroit News.

Musaibli was arrested on the Syrian battlefield in 2018 and subsequently indicted on allegations of knowingly providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He was detained by Syrian Democratic Forces and was transferred to U.S. custody in July 2018.

He has been in federal custody nearly three years. His attorneys say he’s harassed in jail because he’s Muslim. He’s in isolation. 


In arguing against bond, the government questioned his ties to the community:

Much of Musaibli’s history is unremarkable: he worked for his parents’ perfume shop after dropping out of high school; he has had three failed marriages; he has rarely seen his four children (including not even having met two of them); and has few financial resources. Musaibli may have some physical and mental health issues, but none that support his release from custody.

Further more, the government wrote:

Musaibli expresses that he wants to be imprisoned in an Arab country rather than “this infidel country.” Finally, over a discovery issue, Musaibli claimed that “as soon as he is out he will kill [his] attorney.





China/USA: Mainland Chinese lawyer delisted after taking up Hong Kong fugitives case barred from leaving country to join US fellowship programme


Lu Siwei was delisted along with Ren Quanniu earlier this year by mainland provincial judicial authorities after handling cases relating to 12 Hong Kong fugitives. Photo: Handout

A lawyer in mainland China deregistered after taking up the case of one of the Hong Kong fugitives who were captured while trying to flee to Taiwan has been barred on national security grounds from leaving the country to attend an American fellowship programme.

Lu Siwei was delisted along with Ren Quanniu earlier this year by mainland provincial judicial authorities after handling cases relating to the 12 fugitives arrested as they attempted to escape prosecution over their roles in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

On Saturday, border security guards stopped Lu at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport as he was about to board the Delta Air Lines’ DL288 flight for Seattle, the lawyer told the Post, after news of the incident surfaced on social media.

“They told me I could not leave,” Lu said, adding while he was not formally detained, and was eventually let go, the authorities prevented him from using his mobile phone for two hours. “In a way, they restricted my personal liberty,” he said.

The lawyer said he had earlier been barred from leaving the mainland when he wanted to attend a legal forum in Hong Kong at the start of 2020.

He believed his involvement in the fugitives’ case might have triggered mainland authorities to extend the travel ban to prevent him from attending the academic programme, which he said would not be covering sensitive topics.

A former human rights lawyer, Lu also had his professional licence revoked in January this year, after he took up the fugitives’ case. The dozen were intercepted by the Chinese coastguard at sea in August last year, after they departed from a Hong Kong dock on a speedboat towards Taiwan.






Egypt: AFTE submits a request to provide necessary health care to lawyer Muhammad Ramadan


The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), submitted a request in cooperation with The defense committee of human rights lawyer “Muhammad Ramadan”, today, 8 May 2021, to the supreme state security prosecution, demanding his hospitalization, taking the necessary medical procedures regarding his health condition, and releasing him.

“Ramadan” was arrested in September 2018, and was charged with another case remained in pretrial detention pending case No. 467 of 2020, known in the media as “the case of the yellow jackets”

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