Judge denies federal defender request to be relieved
November 7, 2017: Abdulrahman made clear that he wanted to be represented by Mr. Frisch and Mr. Wright. The Court denied the Federal Defender’s application to be relieved (Ms. Schroff had not been...
Celebration of Islamic New Year without our Son, Abdulrahman, A Gentle and Loving Person
Campaign Statement - Celebration of Islamic New Year without our Son, Abdulrahman, A Gentle and Loving Person As we celebrate the start of the Islamic New Year, we send our prayers and best wishes...
Fourth Consecutive Eid Without Our Son, Abdulrahman
As Muslims in Canada and around the world get ready to celebrate Eid al-Adha tomorrow, which honours the relationship between Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son Ismael, it will be our fourth...
Abdulrahman’s Poem about the Harsh and Inhumane Prison Conditions
Abdulrahman continues to face harsh and inhumane prison conditions. As a young Canadian with mental health issues in a high security American prison, this environment is causing him physical, mental...
Webinar – The Tragic Injustice of a Canadian Minor with Mental Illness: Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy
On July 7, #BringAbdulHome in partnership with #JusticeForSoli hosted a webinar entitled ‘The Tragic Injustice of a Canadian Minor with Mental Illness: Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy’. The purpose and...
Fourth Consecutive Father’s Day Without My Son, Abdulrahman
As father’s day just passed, I would like to share with you some thoughts that I wrote on my 4th consecutive occasion without my son, Abdulrahman. Imagine. Imagine you are a caring father of a young...
Poem from Abdulrahman’s Mother – Bring Abdul Home
Language is a vehicle to transmit human expression; however language has its limitations in truly expressing one’s feelings. Nonetheless, Abdulrahman's mother, Khadiga, has written a poem on...
Concern for Abdulrahman’s Safety With The Spread of COVID-19 in United States Prisons
The United States has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak with over 190,000 cases and over 4,000 fatalities. The New York Times has reported that “the coronavirus is spreading quickly...
Concern for Abdulrahman After the Coronavirus Outbreak in the US
With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic, it has raised serious concerns for the health and safety of our son, Abdulrahman, who is a young man with mental health problems...
Prison closed after driving 10 hours to visit Abdulrahman
We drove 13 hours overnight to visit Abdulrahman after confirming that visitations were allowed. As soon as we arrived at the prison, they changed the protocol and stopped visits. After 1000 km this...
Family drives 2000 km to Visit Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman was recently transferred from Virginia to Kentucky USP Big Sandy Prison. The drive took us 10 hours each way. We left Friday evening and arrived Saturday morning. We drove 2000 km to...
Abdulrahman Poetry – Solitary Confinement
Solitary Confinement, February 11, 2020 When you’re alone in a cell, only walls you see, Time you can’t tell and no contact with humanity, No people to touch and no one to see, Your mind is your...
Family Visits Abdulrahman in
Today we drove to visit Abdulrahman at the the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Gilmer which is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in West Virginia....
Family Advocates At Reviving Islamic Spirit Conference
Hundreds of Canadians signed post cards and asked questions about Abdulrahman. The support was immense and we were able to educate many people who had never heard about Abdulrahman....
Lawyers appeal decision of Justice Berman
November 14, 2019: Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy appealed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York’s conviction of his plea of guilty to the 7 charges that led to Judge...
Abdulrahman’s Mother Meets With Prime Minister Senior Staff After Protest
During the 2019 election, in a Trudeau rally Abdulrahman's mother called for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to acknowledge and help with her son's case. Senior staff met her and discussed the case...
Abdulrahman’s Mother Briefs Iqra Khaled
Khadiga Metwally meets with Iqra Khaled at a community conversation event.
Family submits complaint against RCMP to NSIRA
This case was sent to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) for review.
Abdulrahman’s Parents Send Letter to the Prime Minister
July 29th, 2019 Dear Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Our son, Abdulrahman Elbahnasawy, is a Canadian youth who suffers from a panoply of mental issues. At times, he would refuse to take...
Justice Berman sentences Abdulrahman to 40 years in prison
December 19, 2018: Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy was sentenced by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York presided by Justice Berman to 40 years in prison.
Abdulrahman cannot continue his studies after being accepted to Ohio University
Abdulrahman is accepted to Ohio University but cannot continue his studies due to the restrictions of study material in SHU.
Abdulrahman completes his GED (General Educational Development)
Abdulrahman completes his GED (General Educational Development) since being in custody. This is the equivalent of receiving a high school diploma in Canada.
Judge makes private counsel “equally responsible” as co-counsel
2 Weeks Later: Judge Berman ordered that the Federal Defender remain as Bahnasawy’s counsel and that Mr. Frisch and Mr. Wright be “equally responsible” as co-counsel.
Abdulrahman pleaded guilty on 7 terrorism-related charges
October 13, 2016: Abdulrahman pleaded guilty on 7 terrorism-related charges.
Judge Keeps Federal Defender Despite Abdulrahman Wanting Otherwise
May 4, 2017: Judge said the federal defenders to remain as legal counsel despite Abdulrahman's decision for private counsel.
FBI Undercover Agent Instructs Abdulrahman to Ship Items to the US
May 16-18, 2016: The undercover law enforcement received around 7 packages from Abdulrahman after instructed him to do so, which included items to make a bomb.
Abdulrahman was arrested
May 21, 2016: Abdulrahman was arrested at a New Jersey hotel.
Abdulrahman and his family traveled to the United States
Abdulrahman and his family traveled by car to Cranford, New Jersey, as a pre-planned family vacation.
RCMP Accesses CAMH Records
RCMP Const. Peter Simmons sent an urgent memo to the health records department at CAMH requesting they confirm the existence of any medical records pertaining to El-Bahnasawy. The RCMP was aware of...
FBI Informant Introduces Abdulrahman to Plot
From January 2016 to April 2016: Abulrahman was informed by the recruiter about a plot to be committed in the United States and was encouraged to participate. Abdulrahman was communicating -...
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"What makes this story even more disturbing is that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) knowingly participated in this sting with the FBI. They unlawfully obtained Abdulrahman’s medical records that described his mental health vulnerabilities and provided them to the FBI to better manipulate this damaged youth.
This raises serious human rights concerns of discriminatory investigations, targeting vulnerable youths such as Abdulrahman, who had no previous history of violence or criminality, until drawn in by a U.S. government actively involved in developing the plot, persuading and pressuring the target to participate."