Federal investigators initially claimed Dhafir was leading a group that was funneling money to Iraq to support terrorists but he was not convicted of charges related to terrorism.
Tuesdayâ??s vigil was held in front of the
Federal Building in Syracuse where Katherine Hughes, of the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee, was scheduled to speak briefly about the case. A silent reflection followed.
Supporters of Dhafir claim the government spied on local Muslims and intimidated them during the investigation into Dhafir. They believe Dhafir was wrongly convicted for helping hungry Iraqi children.
An evening celebrating the life and work of Dhafir is planned for Tuesday night, from 6-8:00 p.m. at The Islamic Society of Central New York on Comstock Avenue.
Stephen Downs, a former
chief attorney with the NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct, is scheduled to speak about Dhafirâ??s case in a wider context, addressing "what is happening to Muslims nationally in the U.S. governmentâ??s war on terror. In particular, Downs will speak to the fate of Muslim charity in the post-9/11 U.S," according to a media release.