Listen to Laila yaghi speaking at an event presented by the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, held in the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC on April 12, 2012. Filmed by Friends of Human Rights.
Laila Yaghi, mother of Ziyad Yaghi, speaks about her son’s current situation after his conviction and sentence of thirty-two years. She describes the FBI harassment she and her son have experienced and continued to experience as he was pressured, threatened and coerced in the FBI’s attempts to recruit him as an informant and later to cause him to to testify against others.
His refusal to comply, to lie, and become an informant earned him the ire of the FBI and Federal Prosecutors and so he now sits in solitary confinement with a thirty-two year sentence, when not a single shred of evidence was presented showing that any crime had been committed or attempted. What then was his crime except that he was steadfast against being used to harm and oppress others?