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Imprisoned Aref says his heart is ‘full of peace’

Six years into prison term, imam still fighting for release

Yassin Aref holds his daughter Dilnia during a visit by his family at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.
Yassin Aref holds his daughter Dilnia during a visit by his family at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.
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Yassin Aref remembers the first time he was allowed to have physical contact with his family as a federal prisoner. His youngest daughter Dilnia, born while he was in jail awaiting trial, “was a little shy at first, then started to push her brothers away so she can hug me and sit on my lap.” His children began competing with each other, seeing who could “put an arm around my neck for a longer time,” ...

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May 20, 2012
7:48 p.m.

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They entered into a conspiracy against the United States, they had plenty of opportunity to say no but they didn't. They were tried anbd convicted by a jury of their peers. End of story.

May 20, 2012
7:50 p.m.

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Anti Police and Pro terrorist. No surprise from the Gazette. You guys really should occupy something, maybe try common sense and decency sometime.

May 20, 2012
9:12 p.m.

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pro terrorist, pro sex offender, pro gang banger(he only sold drugs when he needed the money), anti police THE GAZETTE

May 21, 2012
12:40 a.m.

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I think I can answer some of the Gazette's questions.

I was in that "pizza shop" ONCE.
It was abundantly clear that their first order of business was not selling food.
It was the most filthy place that I've ever been in, that was still open for business.

I was working in the area, and went there to get a sub, and a slice.
When I ordered my "food", it was like I was throwing them some kind of curve or something.
It took well over 40 minutes (I remember it well) to get my "pizza", and when it arrived, it was a floppy mostly raw piece of dough, with some of what had to be catsup, and a single glob of cheese directly in the middle.
My sub took 45 minutes. Did they forget the recipe?
It sure isn't because they're busy because I'm the only one here.
They sure had enough people "working" in the back though.
When I got my mixed Italian sub, it was little more that a long baloney sandwich with American cheese, on stale bread, with no dressing, mustard, nothing.

I've seen fronts before. Schenectady used to be filled with them.