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Protests gather on anniversary of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain arrests

August 04, 2018 06:57 PM

ALBANY - Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain were convicted on terrorism charges back in 2006 and are currently serving long prison sentences.

Supporters who believe the men were profiled and entrapped by the FBI continue to speak out to this day saying it was a miscarriage of justice.

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Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Center on Washington Avenue supporters of both men gathered to march down Central Avenue.

Those attending say they still believe these men were wrongly accused.

Many of Aref’s and Hossain’s supporters have been persistent in rallying year after year for the release of the two men.

They say the men deserve justice after being wrongly accused of terrorism fourteen years ago. At the trial the FBI argued the men were conspiring with a man who had ties to Islamic terrorists.

However, supporters rallying say the men were victims of ethnic profiling and accuse the FBI of entrapment. Some calling for the release of both men before their sentences are up.

"I've actually been coming almost every year since these men were arrested. I remember the arrests really vividly, it was quite dramatic, but when we heard about it, it became really clear that they were targeted because I think of the anti-Muslim fears post 9/11,” Karen Kaufmann of Schodack said.

Aref is scheduled to be released in October after serving his full term, Hossain still has two years to go.

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