Designated Muslim terrorist front groups such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) are demanding the release of, as well as condemning the FBI’s detention of an American-born, Black Muslim convert, who is a TV anchor for Iran’s state-run English-language Press T. Marzieh Hashimi was detained by government officials on Jan. 13th when she entered the United States at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
ReligionNews Marzieh Hashemi, who lives in Iran and is considered an Iranian citizen, is being held as a material witness until her grand jury testimony for an unspecified case is done. Darakshan Raja, co-director of the D.C. Justice for Muslims Collective, told Religion News Service. “She has been detained under material witness laws, which have been used post-9/11 to detain Muslims without being charged for a crime (and is perfectly legal).
The government must be able to prove that the testimony is considered “material” to a criminal proceeding and that the witness will likely flee if subpoenaed. Muslim Rights advocates such as Hamas-linked CAIR have (wrongly) accused the U.S. of misusing material witness warrants in the past to evade the requirement of probable cause of criminal conduct, particularly in cases related to suspicious Muslims.
Hashemi’s family has also said that she is being denied the right to wear her hijab and is being denied pork-free meals, in violation of her religious rights (She gave up her rights here when she went to work for the enemy). Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement. “There can be no justification for denying an American
citizen traitor, or any other person terrorist state spokesjihadi, their basic civil and religious rights.”
The Iranian government, which considers her a citizen of Iran due to her marriage to an Iranian man, has called for Hashemi’s “unconditional” release. (You can’t be an American citizen and an Iranian citizen at the same time)
The Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.