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Fight the Convictions of Lynne Stewart, Mohamed Yousry, Ahmed Abdel Sattar!

May 11, 2005

from Worker’s Vanguard, March 18, 2005

Leftist lawyer Lynne Stewart, her translator Mohamed Yousry and paralegal Ahmed Abdel Sattar were convicted on February 10 in federal court on all counts in a government frame-up “anti-terrorism” trial. Stewart and Yousry could face decades behind bars; Abdel Sattar could face life imprisonment. This is an outrage and dangerous provocation against civil rights and liberties for everyone. These convictions must be overturned or the right to an attorney, the right to dissent, the right not to be disappeared by the U.S. government will be in fact vitiated in this country.

Stewart was the court-appointed attorney for the blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (imprisoned for life on charges stemming from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing). She zealously defended her client and defied the government’s attempt to hold him incommunicado as if he were a “ghost detainee” in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, or some other U.S. torture center. Government-approved translator Mohamed Yousry—a popular York College professor (fired by the craven CUNY administration upon his indictment), doctoral candidate at New York University and opponent of Islamic fundamentalism—was convicted of… doing his job, translating. Abdel Sattar, a supporter of the sheik, was convicted of conspiracy to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country—and the conspiracy was such a secret that the government prosecutors couldn’t say which persons in what country, yet admitted not a single act of violence resulting from this alleged “conspiracy” occurred!

The Spartacist League and Partisan Defense Committee, a legal and social defense organization in accordance with the views of the Spartacist League, urge everyone to energetically take up this case. Get your union or organization to publicly go on record against this ominous precedent and organize to overturn the convictions! Fight the frame-up! Send donations to

The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
350 Broadway
Suite 700
New York NY 10013 USA

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