LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER MOST RECENT VICTIM OF U.S. WAR ON TERROR POLICIES

Civil Liberties Defense Initiative (student-led initiative at UCLA School of Law)

LOS ANGELES – In a gross miscarriage of justice, a leader in Southern California’s Iranian American community faces denaturalization and up to 9 years in prison. On April 24, 2008, Seyed Mousavi — father of two UCLA students — was convicted of filing false tax returns, omitting group membership on naturalization forms, and violating the U.S.’s economic embargo against Iran.

His sentencing hearing is on Monday, October 6. Substantial evidence has been uncovered supporting a motion for retrial.

To that end, at Monday’s sentencing hearing Mousavi will present evidence of his innocence. From community members to concerned law students, there has been an outpouring of community support for Mousavi in what has become an extremely politicized trial.

For the last 20 years, Mousavi has been a major contributor to the well-being of the Muslim community in Southern California.

He is the founder of Al-Nabi Mosque in West Covina and a non-profit organization that has built bridges across religious divides. Under Mousavi’s leadership, Al-Nabi Mosque has been groundbreaking in developing English curriculum for recent immigrants, recognizing the unique issues facing American-Muslim youth, and preaching the virtue of inclusion and acceptance.

In addition to teaching in the school, Mousavi serves as a mentor for youth. More than 100 community members have written letters in Mousavi’s defense. Those who have known him as a friend, colleague, and mentor describe him as having changed their lives.

Though not charged with or convicted of acts of terrorism, the prosecution has painted Mousavi with the broad brush of “terrorist.” The government claims that Mousavi broke the embargo with Iran, and is demanding a sentence of up to 9 years primarily because of this charge.

Mousavi is alleged to have engaged in a consulting contract with a Kuwaiti company to bring cellular telephone networks to Iran. However, the sentence recommended by the government far exceeds what they have uniformly agreed to even for corporations which provided overtly military related products.

As a result, this is a case of selective prosecution. The U.S. government invoked unsubstantiated assertions, xenophobia and “secret evidence” of terrorism early-on in the case. The government also claims Mousavi was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, though both the government of Iran and several experts deny this.

full article: www.insight-info.com

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Petition of Support for Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi

There is a petition to sign in favor of Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi who is one of Southern California’s Islamic leaders. He was arrested and convicted of crimes that he did not commit and this petition is directed to the judge for the purpose of leincy in sentencing. Here is a link to the petition:

http://seyedmousavi.com/index.php

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Here is a little bit about his life:

Seyed Mahmood Mousavi is a U.S. citizen originally from the country of Iran.  Mr. Mousavi is a family man, and a tireless servant of the Muslim community in Southern California, where he has dedicated himself to the well-being and advancement of all.

Mr. Mousavi was one of the founders of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, established in 1995.  This organization’s goals are to promote communication, understanding, cooperation, and coordination among the Muslim communities in Southern California.  The organization works toward the unity of all Muslims. 

In the year 2000, Mr. Mousavi founded the Hejrat Foundation – a religious, educational, and charitable organization – in Southern California.  The mission of this organization is to educate and aid people: to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam and issues that affect their lives and the world in which they live; to encourage positive social progress; to build unity between all people; and to fill the needs of Muslims and non-Muslims in Southern California.  

Under the Hejrat Foundation, Mr. Mousavi currently administrates several organizations.  One of these is the Al-Nabi Mosque, which is in West Covina, California.  There, regular programs are held to educate the community in religious, cultural, humanitarian, legal, national, and international issues. There, a wide range of speakers from many different backgrounds are invited to speak on the various topics of interest and need.  Mr. Mousavi also administrates the Islamic cemetery and burial facilities in Adelanto, California.

His family is academically oriented.  Both he and his wife attained higher degrees, and instilled the love of learning in their children.  The oldest child is married and living overseas with his new family.  There, he is pursuing further studies.  The second child has attended top universities on scholarships that she was awarded for her scholastic excellence.  She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering.  The third child is graduating this year with her Bachelor’s degree.  She is an active volunteer in such worthy causes as hospitals and a camp for young cancer patients.  She hopes to attend Medical School.  The youngest child is graduating from High School this year, and will be attending a well-respected university.  He has been active in debate clubs and founded a robotics club at this school.  Last year, during summer vacation, he conducted research with a professor of a high-ranking university.  He spends his spare time tutoring other students. 

And here is what happened in his case:

http://seyedmousavi.com/page.php?id=20