Aug. 27, 2004 – An immigration appeals board released four brothers, imprisoned for nearly three years for supposedly supporting terrorists, and ruled they could not be deported to Iran because evidence that they are a terrorist threat proved inconclusive.
Mohammed, Mostafa, Mohsen and Mojtaba Mirmehdis, who worked in real estate in the San Fernando Valley, California before they were arrested in October 2001, are still being detained without bail.
"Collectively, twelve years of their lives have been wasted because they've been locked up," the Mirmehdisâ€™ attorney, Stacy Tolchin, told the LA Times. "Their lives have been ruined over nothing. This shows that the government's war on terrorism has been transformed into a war against civil liberties and free speech."
In a related story, Pacific News Service reports that the National Iranian American Council, a group that advocates for the Iranian American community, has seen an increase in harassment complaints. The groupâ€™s executive director, Dokhi Fassihian, says they are receiving as many as five reports of harassment a day. Fassahian attributes the rise to heightened tensions between the US and Iranian governments over nuclear weapons.