Rami Saba is on trial for murder, and he is busy proselytizing. Does he think that an expression of Islamic piety will make the jury go easy on him — or even be afraid not to go easy on him, for fear of charges of “Islamophobia”? Courtroom Jihad in Michigan: “Rami Saba, of Lowell, wants to invoke Allah’s name at trial in Saranac man’s death,” by John Agar for The Grand Rapids Press, February 4 (thanks to Twostellas):
GRAND RAPIDS – Rami Saba, accused of kidnapping and killing 66-year-old Saranac resident Donald Dietz, wants to invoke the name of Allah throughout his upcoming murder trial.
“As the Honorable Court is well aware, mentioning the name of Allah in every matter is of essence for the defendant, by the grace of Allah,” Saba wrote in a brief to U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.
He shared a verse, and said that “the above verse is the main reason why the defendant, either when talking or when writing, diligently seeks to mention the name of Allah, even as frequently as once in every sentence, when possible, because the defendant is seeking refuge in Allah from being counted among the hard-hearted ones who do not mention Allah; and that is the truth from Allah, the Gracious, the Gentle.”
The government objected to Saba’s plan to make repeated references to Allah.
“While there is a scarcity of specific case law condemning the practice suggested by Defendant Saba, the general rules of relevancy, character and conduct are instructive,” U.S. Attorney Donald Davis wrote in his response.
He said Saba’s religion is not relevant to the case, and could be used to improperly bolster or vouch for testimony.
Saba is representing himself at trial but will have standby counsel.
Saba, who was working as a financial planner, and his boyhood friend, Raogo Ouedraogo of Philadelphia, are accused of killing Dietz to gain his $450,000 in life savings….