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6/27/02 Free Jaoudat Abouazza! Report from INS Court
28 Jun 2002
Defense Committee Vows to Step Up Efforts to
"Free Jaoudat Abouazza!"

INS-FBI-Sheriff Hodgson:
Free Jaoudat Abouazza!

Stop Racist Profiling, Dentention & Frameup of Arab activists!

Palestinian activist Abouazza at Boston's Israeli consulate 04/08/02

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Court Update 6/27/02
As Supporters Pack Court, Judge Orders Voluntary Exit, But Abouazza Remains in Bristol County prison.

Defense Committee Vows to Step Up Efforts to "Free Jaoudat Abouazza!"

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Supporters Pack Jaoudat Abouazza Immigration Hearing.

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Judge Orders Voluntary Exit, But Abouazza Remains in

Bristol County prison.

Defense Committee Vows to Step Up Efforts to

"Free Jaoudat Abouazza!"

Meeting tonight, Friday, June 28 - 6:30 PM

284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA  617 522-6626


On Thursday, June 27, 2002, 100 supporters of Jaoudat
Abouazza staged a militant picket line outside the JFK
Federal Building in Boston, and then entered to pack to
overflowing the INS courtroom inside the building.  There an
imigration hearing was held in Abouazza's case. Abouazza
participated in the hearing via videoconference. At the end
of the hearing he was able to see and greet with gestures
the courtroom gallery filled to overflowing with supporters.
The first phase of the hearing focused on whether bond
should be set for Abouazza. Abouazza's lawyer Nelson Brill
presented the wide community support that has been shown for
Jaoudat and the fact that a clergyman, Arab Community
leaders, and union activists who were present in court were
prepared to provide any support needed.  Brill explained the
circumstances of Abouazza's presence in the country, of his
Canadian citizenship and, his entering the country on a bus
as is normal for all Canadian citizens, and the addresses
and circumstances of his living while he has been here. The
Government objected to bond, claiming Abouazza was a "flight
risk". The government alleged that Abouazza had entered the
country "surreptitiously", but provided no evidence of that.
Immigration Judge Shapiro suspended that part of the
hearing, and proceeded to determine whether or not Abouazza
should be allowed to exit the United States voluntarily and
return to Canada, without further processing and without
being deported. The voluntary exit was requested by
Jaoudat's lawyer based on consultation with Jaoudat, who
very much wants to expedite his release from INS custody as
a result of the brutality that he is continuing to undergo.
He has repeatedly been beaten and thrown into solitary
confinement while in prison. Teeth have been forcibly
extracted without his permission and a tooth broken in the
procedure remains in his mouth causing continuing pain and
bleeding. Unlike a deportation, A voluntary exit wouldn't
legally bar Abouazza from ever returning to the U.S. as a
deportation would, but the government's attorney made very
clear that INS intended to deny him entry in the future.

The government objected to voluntary exit, saying it was
necessary to "up the ante" to be sure that "if Abouazza ever
tried to 'surruptitiously' re-enter the U.S. it would be a
major felony". The government's real intent was exposed by
their repeatedly expressed frustration that despite
continuous attempts at interrogation by the FBI, brutality,
and solitary confinement, Jaoudat has not provided
information on his political activities in support of
Palestinian rights or those of organizations and individuals
who are supporting him and who organized demonstrations in
support of the Palestinian cause. This has been what
Jaoudat's entire ordeal has been about from the beginning.
The presence in his car of leaflets for the June 9 protest
against an Israeli Day festival in Boston was cited by the
government as the reason for holding Jaoudat at his very
first appearance in court after his arrest.
The judge ruled in favor of Jaoudat's request for voluntary
exit. However, he also unjustifiably denied bond, continuing
to subject Abouazza to the clear and present danger of the
continuing brutalization and attacks by the government and
their jailers as he remains in Bristol County prison.
Furthermore, the government indicated in court they would
appeal the Judge's order. They have 30 days to actually do
so. In addition, there are still a number of legal
challenges from the government that Jaoudat faces. At
present, in an Ashcroftian catch 22, Middlesex County
District Court has Abouazza listed in default on these
issues and has a warrant out for him -- because the INS had
him in custody and refused to allow him to attend his
District Court appearance even by videoconference, refusing
to comply with the District Court issued writ of Habeas
Corpus ordering that Jaoudat be produced to appear.

Free Jaoudat Abouazza!
It is essential that the pressure continue to be brought to
bear on the INS, the jail, and the Cambridge District
Attorney to drop the charges and release Jaoudat Abouazza.

In addition, supporters must continue to press for humane
medical treatment of Jaoudat including access to him by his
own primary care physician and dentist.
Sheriff Hodgson's jail has put out an outrageous order
barring two of his attorneys, including the Executive
Director of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and
their Arabic interpreter from the prison. The prison would
not allow Jaoudat's primary care physician or dentist, who
went to the jail, to have access to him. The
defense committee is demanding that Jaoudat be transferred
to a medical facility in Boston where his primary care
chysician and dentist can properly examine him.
We continue to demand the brutality against Jaoudat Abouazza
cease immediately, that his doctor and dentist be allowed
access to him, that he be released, that the charges against
him be dropped, and that those responsible for his
mistreatment be brought to account. We will not rest until
Jaoudat is free, and those responsible for brutality against
him are brought to account for their actions.
The Jouadat Abouazza Defense Committee and the International
A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition
know that there are thousands of Jaoudat Abouazzas across
the country, as a result of Bush and Ashcrofts new
COINTELPRO sweeps and roundups against political activists
and Arabs and Muslims and Palestinian activists and their
supporters.  aparent nationwide sweep by Bush and Ashcroft.
Abouazza's case will be a focus of the national
demonstration at the FBI and Justice Department on Saturday,
June 29 to Defend Civil Rights. Buses will travel from
Boston at 11:30 PM on Friday June 28. To sign up, go to

Letters should continue to be sent to

USINS District Director Steven J. Farquharson

Room 1700, JFK Federal Building

Boston, MA 02203
with copies to:

Commissioner James W. Ziglar

Immigration and Naturalization Service

425 I Street, NW

Washington, DC 20536

Jaoudat Abouazza Defense Committee

c/o International A.N.S.W.E.R.

(Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)

31 Germania Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


abouazzadefense (at)
Letters, calls and faxes should also be sent to

Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley

40 Thorndike Street

Cambridge, MA. 02141

voice: 617-679-6500

Fax: 617-225-0871
demanding that the charges in District Court be dropped and
that Jaoudat be allowed to resume his life.
Please also send copies of your letters to Jaoudat himself,

and write to Jaoudat, at the address below:

Jaoudat Abouazza

Bristol County Jail and House of Correction (N. Dartmouth)

(North Dartmouth)

400 Faunce Corner Road

North Dartmouth, MA 02747

GB Unit


(Unit and ID number should be written on the lower left of

the envelope.)

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