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Man Charged With Taliban Support Now Has March 2021 Trial Date and Federal Defenders

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 14 – After having been arrested and taken off a Qatar Airways flight at JFK airport, Delowar Mohammed Hossain was presented on July 26, 2019 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Stewart Aaron, charged with one count of attempted provision of material support for terrorism. He was adjudged eligible for free counsel as was assigned experienced Federal Defender Amy Gallicchio.

  The US government sought, and got, detention, without prejudice to a later application for release on bond. The preliminary hearing was set 30 days out, for August 26. Inner City Press wrote that it would have more on this case, which had been assigned the number 19-mj-6978.

Then on August 29 Hossain was brought, still in chains, into the 23rd floor courtroom of SDNY Judge Sidney H. Stein. His new lawyer, retained, was Steve Zissou. He began by informing Judge Stein that he last appeared before him in 1999, on a case from 1978. Judge Stein deadpanned, And you still remember the day.

 (The case, Inner City Press can report, was USA v. Chang-Sun, 78-cr-254, re-assigned to Judge Stein on March 18, 1999, from which then-Judge PACER sayeth not. Hossain's case is now 19-cr-606; it was wheeled out to Judge Stein by SDNY Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker on August 26, the thirtieth day after Hossain's presentment.)

  The August 29 proceeding went quickly. In the gallery with six adult family members or supporters, and one baby with him Hossain smiled. Judge Stein directed that the government provide all discovery by September 30. He set the next conference date for October 30 at 2:30 pm, by which time Zissou is to say what motion he might or might not file.

Hossein was taken back in shackles into the holding cell. Later his supporters came out onto Pearl Street. We will continue to follow this case, we said - and we have.

Now at the cusp of 2020 and 2021, the defendant is back with publicly funded Federal Defenders, and a trial date of March 24. That is after the current ban on in-person trials, and he has only been by video. So he should have precedent.



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