Shakir Hamoodi

9:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald says the Hamoodi case " highlights the travesties routinely imposed on Muslim Americans"

Lead in text: 
Did you catch Glenn Greenwald when he was in town last week? The celebrated political journalist stopped by the University of Missouri on a speaking tour. While he was in Columbia it looks like he picked up on the case of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who just began a three-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary for sending money to his family in Iraq at a time when sanctions made that illegal.
I'm currently traveling around the US on a speaking tour, and as I've written before, one of the prime benefits of doing that is being able to meet people and their families whose lives have been severely harmed by the post-9/11 assault on basic liberties.
5:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Shakir Hamoodi and the world of international sanctions

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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8:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Community expresses support as Shakir Hamoodi begins prison sentence

Hamoodi Family

It’s been less than one week since Shakir Hamoodi – a Columbia businessman – had to leave his community and start his 3-year prison sentence. 

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7:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hamoodi to begin federal prison sentence

Hamoodi Family

Columbia Businessman Shakir Hamoodi is expected to begin a 3 year federal prison sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Shakir’s son Husam was working at World Harvest Market in Columbia Monday afternoon – Shakir’s last day before he began his prison sentence.

Husam said around 50 people had stopped by the store throughout the day to say goodbye to Shakir.

He also said Shakir has been very busy these past few days. He compared his father’s prison sentence to it being like someone saying ‘you have three months to live.’

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PM Newscasts
6:22 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Newscast for August 24, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Akin holds sudden press conference, says he's still in the race
  • Schweich releases letter to Gov. Nixon on Maplewood fee office
  • Planned Parenthood bus holds rally in Columbia
8:21 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Community members gather for good-byes as Columbia businessman prepares for incarceration

Cathy Salter talks to Shakir Hamoodi before eating dinner at a celebration and farewell event for Hamoodi on Wednesday August 22, 2012. Hamoodi was sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending money to Iraq during U.S. trade sanctions.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

More than 100 people crowded into Columbia's Rock Bridge Christian Church last night to celebrate and say goodbye to Columbia businessman Shakir Hamoodi. Next week, Hamoodi is expected to begin a three year federal prison sentence. He earlier pled guilty to sending about $200,000 to family, friends and charities in his native Iraq from 1991 to 2003. Many of the speakers at the event echoed a similar theme: A conflict between what is legal and what is just. Investigators found no evidence that Hamoodi was aiding the Iraqi government through the financial contributions.

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8:26 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia grocer from Iraq prepares for prison

A Columbia grocer convicted of violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas is preparing to start a three-year prison sentence later this month.

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4:41 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Leniency sought for Mo. man in Iraq sanctions case

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Supporters of a Columbia man sentenced to three years in prison for sending money to Iraq despite federal sanctions are organizing an effort to commute his federal sentence.

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AM Newscasts
9:02 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Newscast for May 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including :

  • State Supreme Court urged to set dates for 19 death sentences
  • End of session will lack drama, but not fireworks
  • Columbia business owner sentenced for Iraq donations
5:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Columbia business owner sentenced for Iraq donations

A Columbia business owner has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending money to Iraq for more than a decade.

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