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Commute the 36-month sentence of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi.
  • Petitioning President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

Commute the 36-month sentence of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi.

    1. Owais Abdul-Kafi
    2. Petition by

      Owais Abdul-Kafi

      Columbia, MO

Dr. Shakir Hamoodi has worked tirelessly to ease the tensions between many different faith groups and organizations. He was sentenced to 36 months Federal prison and 36 months probation after that for violating the Iraqi sanctions, when he sent some money directly to his family and families of several friends in Iraq. The government investigation concluded that there was no evidence that any of this money went to the Iraqi government, or to any nefarious groups.

Some more of his activities include being the founder of a local private religious school, being a tireless activist for peace and social justice, and speaking to university classes and civic clubs on many topics, including Islam, Iraq, and social justice.  He has been an active speaking member of the Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, was a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition, and a recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr Peace Award. 

Dr. Shakir Hamoodi holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and a BS in Islamic Law.  His wife holds a BS in Islamic Law and MS in Teaching foreign languages.  His daughter holds an MS in Elementary Education, his first son is finishing a Master's degree in Economics and is pursuing Medical School, his second son is graduating from Stanford University and is pursuing a Masters degree, his third son just graduated from High School and will attend Wesleyan Unversity in Connecticut, and his youngest son will enter 10th grade in the Fall.  His children owe their successes to their parents' constant involvement and active participation in their lives.  


Putting Dr. Shakir Hamoodi behind bars will not lead to a more just society or establish any societal gains.  The Sanctions against Iraq are no longer in place. 

I hereby pledge support to Dr. Shakir Hamoodi and his family and affirm a desire that his 36 month sentence be commuted. 

 Find more information about Dr. Shakir Hamoodi and how to help by visiting http://www.helphamoodi.org


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Op-Ed by son regarding the 1-year anniversary of his father's imprisonment

      Owais Abdul-Kafi
      Petition Organizer
      Some lessons are hard to understand

      Aug. 28, 2012, was a big day for me and my fellow first-year medical students at the University of Missouri. It was the day we met our first "patient" - the cadaver of a person who had generously donated his body to science.

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. Glenn Greenwald: Iraqi-American is imprisoned by US for saving his family..

      Owais Abdul-Kafi
      Petition Organizer

      Glenn Greenwald: Iraqi-American is imprisoned by US for saving his family from US sanctions - A harrowing case of a Missouri engineer highlights the travesties routinely imposed on Muslim Americans

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Iraq War Sanctions Run Amok: Shakir Hamoodi’s Story - from the Daily Beast

      Owais Abdul-Kafi
      Petition Organizer

      A new article by a major online newspaper about this case. This article gives a little background on the case, and also gives some more information about other individuals who also violated the Iraq sanctions who received much lighter sentences.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sidney Wood PORTLAND, ME
      • 1 day ago

      This matter is important to me and all citizens of the free world because this man is innocent.

    • Kim McDaniel ELK GROVE, CA
      • 16 days ago

      Tired of the Bullshit. We are not your puppet!

      • about 1 month ago

      To assist in freeing Dr. Hamoodi

    • Carina Kurban WINCHESTER, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      Justice for wrongly-treated Arabs!!!

    • Josh Wexler COLUMBIA, MO
      • 5 months ago

      This case is ridiculous, he should've been fined instead of serving jail time. He is a good citizen in his community and nobody, not even the government is benefiting by Dr. Hamoodi's incarceration.


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