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Charges Against Amer Jubran Dropped
27 Nov 2001
After nine pre-trial hearings, the charges against Amer Jubran, a leader of al-Awda-Mass, were dropped in Brookline District Court on Nov. 21. On June 10, Jubran was arrested while leading a peaceful demonstration
for the Palestinian right of return and charged with assault with a deadly weapon (a shod foot). The case will continue in terms of violations of Amer Jubran's civil rights.
After nine pre-trial hearings, the charges against Amer Jubran, a leader of al-Awda-Mass, were dropped in Brookline District Court on Nov. 21. On June 10, Jubran was arrested while leading a peaceful demonstration
for the Palestinian right of return and charged with assault with a deadly weapon (a shod foot). The case will continue in terms of violations of Amer Jubran's civil rights.
The charges could have carried a sentence of 10 years or deportation. Instead, Amer Jubran was placed on 90 day pre-trial probation and forced to pay a fine of $150. On February 20, 2002, the end of the 90 day period, the charges will be formally dismissed.
Amer Jubran and all his supporters consider this a great victory. There was no admission of guilt on Jubran's part in the agreement whatsoever. Furthermore, unlike in most such agreements, Jubran is allowed to sue the government for a variety of abuses related to his arrest.
The third provision, which Jubran insisted on, is that he be allowed to exercise his free speech rights in furthering the Palestinian cause in all communities, including the town of Brookline.
Elaborating on the ruling, Steve Kirschbaum, a friend of Amer and a part of the Jubran Defense Committee, said, "We have to look at what did their side get, and what did our side get. And their side got nothing. And our side was able to get a stop of this railroad frame-up... and no relinquishing of any rights. Even the pre-trial probation, which was a face-saver for the government, has no conditions upon it. Mr. Jubran is free to travel and move wherever he wishes."
The judge, in announcing the ruling, cited three things that went to Mr. Jubran's character: the enormous amount of support he had seen in the courtroom "on 7 previous occasions," the reputation of the defense attorney, Barry Wilson, and the fact that the $150 was payed immediately, in cash, having been raised by Amer Jubran's supporters.
Jubran himself is very happy with the outcome, and hopes that it will be a step forward in the fight for the rights of the post-9/11 detainees. From the beginning of the case in June, he has expressed that he wanted the case to be "not just about him," but about the plight of the Palestinians and all "forgotten causes" of oppressed people of the world.
The Committee to Defend Amer Jubran will continue its work on the case to investigate and expose wrongdoing on the part of the Brookline police department and the Israeli consulate, including wrongful arrest, abuse of process, civil rights violations, and an alleged conspiracy between the two parties to dismantle the protest and frame Amer Jubran.
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