ANNOUNCEMENT AND FILE TERROR INVESTIGATION
AND INTELLIGENCE MEMO WITH COURT
(ORLANDO, FL) Today, Monday, August 31, 2009 at 2:00pm EDT, a telephonic press conference will be held by the Law Offices of John Stemberger, P.A. to make a major announcement regarding the matter of Rifqa Bary’s Dependency case and will file a major investigative memo with the court and release the documentation publicly.
Rifqa Bary is the 17 year old Ohio girl who fled her parents after her father threatened to kill her when he learned from members of his Mosque, the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio, that Rifqa converted from Islam to Christianity.
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Here is the affidavit submitted by Fathima Rifqa Bary today on the 31, August, 2009
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA
State of Florida
County of Orange
BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared, Fathima Rifqa Bary, deposes and says:
1. My name is Fathima Rifqa Bary. I am seventeen years of age having been born on August 10, 1992 and I am of sound mind and personal knowledge of the facts herein;
2. My family and I moved from Sri Lanka to the Hollis/ Queens are in New York in 2000;
3. When I was twelve, in 2004, our family moved from Hollis/Queens, New York to Gahaana, Ohio;
4. Upon arriving in the new area, my father began to research Mosques in the region;
5. After visiting a couple of other Mosques in the area, including the “Islamic Center” in Columbus, my father decided that our family would join and become active in the “Noor Islamic Culture Center” (Noor Center) located in Dublin, Ohio;
6. The Noor Center was a twenty five minute drive from our house and there were eight other Mosques that were closer to out home in the Columbus area;
7. My father was very intent on making sure that his children, and especially me, were raaised deeply in the faith of “Original Islam” which was taught at the Noor Center;
8. Our family attended the Noor Center gatherings as much our schedules would allow;
9. Every Saturday my father required me to attend the “Halaqah” Noor Center youth gatherings which lasted about five hours. My father and mother would often attend these meetings with me as all Noor Center parents were encouraged to attend youth meetings,
10. On three separate occasions, the regular official Saturday Noor Center youth gatherings
were held in our home with other members of the Noor Center present;
11. In the summers, my Father required our whole family to also attend the Noor Center major gatherings held every Friday afternoon. This was the main meeting of the week which members were required to attend which lasted about three hours;
12. My father also required us to attend the major Islamic holidays such as Ramadan at the Noor Center;
13. Our family regularly socialized with other members of the Noor Center community;
14. My father was a committed member of the Noor Center and required our family to attend as much as possible;
15. I became a Christian on Friday, November 18, 2005 at the Korean United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio;
16. I hid my Christian faith from my parents as best as I could and had to sneak around to attend Christian campus meetings, I also hid my Bible at home in various locations;
17. In about 2007 my father discovered a copy of a book entitled the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren that I hid in my bedroom. My father had a serious talk with me about the importance of retaining the Islamic blood line in my family but I did not tell him about my conversion;
18. In June of 2009 my father confronted me with several questions about whether I had become a Christian, whether I was baptized, if I was going to church. Out of fear I remained silent;
19. Then my father told me that he received numerous emails and phone calls from the leaders of the Noor Center community who informed him that he needed to deal with this matter immediately;
20. In a fit of anger that I had never seen before in my life, he picked up my lap top, waived it over my head as if to strike me with it and said “if you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me! You are no longer my daughter.” I continued to remain silent and then he said to me even more angry then before, I will kill you! Tell me the truth!”
21. On July 17, 2009, my mother confronted me about another Christian book she discovered that I hid in my bedroom. She had just spoken with my father was on the phone who was out of town. She was very upset, in tears, and almost grieving and told me I was going to have to be sent back to Sri Lanka to be dealt with;
FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NOT Fathima Rifqa Bary
UPDATE: A partial transcription from the press conference given by,John Stemberger, lawyer for Rifqa Bary.
Thank you for attending this press event over the phone, we believe this matter is of significant public interest. we appreciate your covering this story.
My name is John Stemburger, I’m a Orlando trial lawyer, I’ve been practicing for the last 14 years here in Orlando and throughout the state of Florida. I’m an AV rated civil trial lawyer, I practice in the areas of personal injury, commercial law and litigation. In addition to that I serve as a guardian ad litim, volunteer for ten years, representing abused and neglected children, and I’ve seen the silliest reasons for ripping kids out of their homes, like being overweight, and I’ve seen the most horrific reasons like feeding babies cocaine and locking them up in closets. so I have a little bit of the sense for the background for the process of dependency and what’s going on here with juveniles when the state takes custody of them.
I am also a leading advocate in Florida for issues relating to family, parents and children as well. I am here though however in my representation of a private personal lawyer on the behalf of my firm, in representing Rifqa Bary and not with any group that I might be affiliated with. We are announcing today the filing of two documents which most of you have been provided……
But we are announcing the filing over an hour ago, two documents were filed. First one was a special investigative, an intelligence memorandum, which is supportive of the petition for dependency which is currently before the court, and then secondly there is an accompanying affidavit, which the very first sworn statement that’s been filed in this case on the behalf of our client Rifqa Bary.
Part of the reason for doing this announcement today is because some of the media coverage in this matter has been at best, inaccurate in parts, and at worst, just completely missing the point in the real issues in this case. They have focused on a yong pastor and his wife, Beverly and Blake Moran, who have been pastors of a Methodist Church in this community for over 25 years. I don’t personally know them, I know of them, and they did probably what any of would do in taking someone in who has indicated that their life was in danger. And we also have had one-sided soft stories on just the parents point of view that didn’t ask any of the hard questions, or report on any of the allegations made in our original petition.
The primary issue in this case, is the clear and present danger that is presented by the Noor Center Mosque, and its ties to terrorist activity, and the parents, that is the Bary parents’ devotion to, and relationship with, and regular weekly participation in the Noor Center. The memorandum we submitted in support of the petition of dependency that is before the court, just to give you some legal jargon, dependency actions are when the state is declaring whether or not the state is to declare a minor child dependent because of its need for protection, because of abuse, abandonment or neglect. And so when that happens, it doesn’t mean paternal rights are terminated, it just means that the state takes custody of the child for the protecting them from the parents and the home environment.
Our office and legal staff have been working around the clock to document the materials we have provided, so first I’m going to draw your attention to the investigation and intelligence memorandum we filed. Together with Rifqa’s affidavit, the documents we’ve presented demonstrate the parties to this cause, namely Rifqa’s parents, along with the family’s pyhsical relatives are directly connected to the Noor Islamic Center, and that the Bary family has been and will continue to be devoted members and follow leaders of the Noor Center.
The concerns that we have with the Noor Center, which has been extremely, which has been documented extensively in the memorandum. First, the Noor Center’s CEO, Mr. Hani Sadhr, is directly ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not have heard of the Muslim Brotherhood before unless you’ve covered these types of issues, but I’m sure you’ve heard of Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood of North America is an international organization which is responsible for birthing every Islamic terror organization in the world, including Al-Qaida. When you think of Al-Qaida, you can think of the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for Al-Qaida’s existence.
Hani Sahdr has previously been an Imam, which is a leader in Islam, for another Mosque in the same area of Columbus at the same time the largest known Al-Qaida cell was operating out of that Mosque. He was identified in exhibits in a significant trial that took place in Texas by the Department of Justice, as being one of the leaders for the Muslim Brotherhood, and is also providing quite a bit of money, almost three quarters of a million dollars to that Mosque at that time.