Updated 02/28/2011 12:46 PM
Group calls for leniency in Dhafir case
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It has been eight years since a Manlius doctor was jailed after his conviction on multiple counts involving money raised for a charity to help those living in Iraq. At the time, the government claimed some of the money had been diverted to others in the Middle East.
Dr. Rafil Dhafir was also accused of Medicare fraud. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Supporters of Dhafir gathered outside Syracuse's federal building Friday. They're calling for leniency as a judge prepares to re-sentence the doctor, who, friends say, is ill.
"He's not getting the proper treatment. He is in a very bad condition. He's in a CMU, they call a communications management unit, which is very limited communications with the outside world," said Ashraf Attia of the Muslim-American Society.
Supporters claim, despite prosecutors' inferences, there was no evidence of terrorist ties introduced at the Dhafir trial.