Muslim Chaplain cleared of all charges
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tonight welcomed a decision by the U.S. military to dismiss the convictions against a Muslim Army chaplain who was initially suspected of espionage at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.
The decision by Army Gen. James Hill clears the record of Capt. James Yee, who was found guilty in March of noncriminal charges of committing adultery and storing pornography on a government computer. Yee was arrested on suspicion of espionage in September and was held in solitary confinement for 76 days. The Army later dismissed all criminal charges.
“We welcome what amounts to total vindication for a man who only wished to serve his country by ministering to military personnel of all faiths,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Following the announcement of the dismissal of his convictions, Yee told CAIR: “I want to thank the many Americans and those around the world who have given me an enormous outpouring of support through the entirety of this ordeal and who continue to support the cause of justice and freedom.”
CAIR’s Seattle office undertook a number of efforts on Yee’s behalf during his eight-month ordeal.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.