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Sharif Mobley's Lawyer: US Played Role in Kidnapping

By    |   Tuesday, 16 June 2015 05:57 PM

The United States played a role in kidnaping Sharif Mobley in Yemen because they thought he might be someone else, attorney Cori Crider tells Newsmax.

"Sharif was in Yemen with his wife and his children studying Arabic and studying his religion, but the reason he got picked up isn't because Sharif was in Yemen," Crider, legal director for the human rights group Reprieve, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

"In fact, Sharif got picked up by the Yemenis at the behest of the United States because he was trying to go home with his family," she explained.

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Crider said that it happened after he went "to the U.S. Embassy in January of 2010 talking to U.S. Embassy officials saying, 'Listen, my wife and my two children, I've just had a baby, would really like to go home to our family in the United States, I need new pages in my passport and my baby needs a travel document, can you help us?'"

"Unfortunately the people at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen at the time thought that he fit a kind of racial profile of someone that they wanted to talk to," she told Newsmax.

"Instead of processing the family's papers so the American family could go home to America together, they delayed the papers, he came back again and again, he couldn't get his baby's documents and instead what the U.S. seems to have done is ask the Yemenis to send a team of masked men to kidnap him outside his house, shoot him in the leg, and detain him in a hospital in secret of several weeks," Crider alleges.

"Now we fast forward five years later and poor Sharif is secretly detained again in the basement of a military base, as far as we can make out, where the Saudis are bombing it with U.S. intelligence support," she added.

According to Crider, "there is no terrorism charge against Mr. Mobley and there never has been."

In fact, she says that "if you go and look at what U.S. intelligence sent to the private security company, Stratfor for, in an email in 2010, they specifically say Sharif Mobley was not part of al-Qaida."

"They say they picked him up because they hoped to question him about whether he knew a guy who knew a guy, but that's not a criminal offense, is it?"

The Yemeni government claims Mobley murdered a guard while he was trying to escape from prison. He has remained in pre-trial detention. 

According to Crider, Mobley "disappeared on the eve of a hearing in his criminal trial in Yemen when we were about to put in evidence about the American role in the kidnapping."

At this point, because the location where he is being held is being bombed, there are questions about whether or not Mobley is still alive.

"We've been trying to get proof of life," Crider said.

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