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Waiting for Mercy: The Case against Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain
This new documentary film by Ellie Bernstein tells the story of a fabricated FBI sting operation that took place in Albany, New York during the winter, spring and summer of 2004. Were these two Muslim men who had no prior criminal history set-up to appear as criminals or were they possible terrorists? Waiting for Mercy tells the story of a fabricated FBI sting operation that took place in Albany, New York in 2004. The complex operation was designed to entrap Yassin Aref, 37 (a refugee from Kurdistan in northern Iraq) and Mohammed Mosharref Hossain, 51, a United States citizen and an immigrant from Bangladesh.
The Albany Counter-Terrorism Task force, the Justice Department, local police, and IRS agents, organized the entrapment scheme, which was planned to portray these 2 men as "potential terrorists" who knowingly participated in a (fictitious) plot to send a shoulder fired missile to New York to attack the Pakistani Ambassador. As an end result of this long sting operation, involving hundreds of work hours, a convicted criminal informant, and many thousands of dollars, both men were arrested in 2004 and charged with money laundering and material support of terrorism. In 2006, the two defendants were convicted of material support for terrorism and were each sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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