Walking an appeal from Albany to Binghamton

By Matt Hicks

Walking an appeal from Albany to Binghamton

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Supporters of a man they say was wrongly convicted in a terror plot in Albany are helping launch a new appeal. And one of those supporters is taking to the streets to make sure their petition makes it to the U.S. District Court in Binghamton.

The case against Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain was heard in Albany, but the federal judge's home court is in Binghamton.

Both men were convicted in connection with financing the purchase of a missile. But a new appeal is being filed in the case against Aref.

Supporters say new evidence obtained through the freedom of information act shows the Albany-based imam was mistaken for an Al Quaeda agent Mohammed Yasin, who also went by "Yassin Muhidden Aref" before he was assassinated in 2011.

"They were interested to make a case on public opinion and convince the media and society they are doing something to protect the nation," said Dr. Shamshad Ahmad, president of the Masjid As-Salam Mosque.

"To have innocent people in prison is wrong. We are americans. We don't discriminate against people. We don't target certain populations. It's not what we as Americans should be doing," said Lynne Jackson, president of Project SALAM.

Jackson, an Endicott native, will lead supporters on a 133-mile walk down Route 7 to deliver the petition to the U.S. District Court in Binghamton.

She expects to arrive Tuesday morning.