MLFA Applauds Dismissal of Charges against Imam Dremali, Wife

DALLAS – July 16, 2015 – Representatives of Muslim Legal Fund of America are applauding U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Judge Robert W. Pratt’s decision to dismiss the case against Imam Ibrahim Dremali and his wife Safaa Eissa (Case No. 4:10-CR-059).

In October 2010, federal agents raided the Dremali family home following an indictment related to alleged omissions on an immigration application more than 20 years ago. Local community members became concerned because the raid followed several attempts by federal agents to interview the imam, for which he refused citing Fifth Amendment rights. Dremali was struggling with life-threatening health issues at the time, which have worsened since.

MLFA became involved with funding the legal defense of this case in February 2011. Representatives from MLFA said they support the court’s motion to dismiss the case.

“As Muslims, the sanctity of life is of highest importance, so we are happy to see the court rule in favor of honoring life,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA. “The ruling demonstrates that the American justice system can be fair and show compassion for the ill.”

Meek said the ruling on the joint motion to dismiss the charges was spurred in response to Dremali’s deteriorating health. He also expressed his deepest gratitude to attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Richard B. Roper, Nancy Hollander and Ahmed Ghappour for their efforts in defending Dremali and Eissa.

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation’s civil liberties. To learn more about MLFA, visit https://www.mlfa.org.

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