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Man Who Kidnapped 6 Children to Sudan Is Detained Now Writes to Judge about Coercion

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SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, March 7 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 5, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo on a man whom the FBI had flown into JFK airport on December 4 from Saudi Arabia, after he illegal took six of his seven children from the US to Sudan. 

Inner City Press was present, the only media in the Mag Court as on December 2 (subsequent live-tweeted thread (more on Patreon here) vlog here

  The defendant is Khalid Alboushari, sealed indictement and extra on Patreon here; Inner City Press thread here:

US seeks detention, on risk of flight grounds. Says defendant is from Sudan and beat his ex wife. There were NYC orders of protection. He fled with 6 of their 7 kids.

Federal Defender will argue for bail.

Alboushri was arrested in the UAE on Interpol red notice - but UAE released him. In Saudi Arabia they imposed a travel ban. Then he tried to flee into Yemen, but was caught, and turned over to the FBI.

 Asst US Attorney: He wants to return to Sudan, with which US has no extradition treaty. He committed passport fraud - we intend to supersede. He's a threat to his ex wife, who is terrified. He knows where she lives.

 Federal Defender: There's no documentation of these death threats. And why would he try to flee to Yemen?

Note: Yemen under the Houthis would not have put him on a plane with US FBI agents as Saudi Arabia did. In exchange for what? Wag note  US State Dept 's recent pro-MBS legal brief...

Judge: I detain him... He violated the conditions imposed on him by Saudi Arabia. There is also danger, he knows where they live.

On December 19, Alboushari wrote to Judge Jesse M. Furman to change lawyers, and was allowed to. On March 7, 2023 Judge Furman docketed another letter from the defendant, asking the lawyers to be ready to address it on March 23 (at 3:15 pm).

The letter says his new lawyer blocks his calls and will not answer his emails because he asked who reached out to him.

The case is US v. Alboushari, 19-cr-17 (Furman)



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