Rifqa Bary is the 17-year-old who fled her family home in Ohio for fear of her Muslim father. Rifqa’s family is from Sri Lanka, and in the United States illegally. She was at the mercy of her father’s attorney, David Colley, who no longer represents the parents. Enter attorney Omar Tarazi. Ms. Bary is now at the mercy of this lawyer and an Ohio court, an Ohio foster home and her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary.
When Rifqa fled to Orlando, Florida in July 2009, the story of the young woman who converted to Christianity was everywhere. Rifqa denied Islam and embraced Christianity. That’s not the meat of the story though; the “meat” is that this 17-year-old said her father was abusive and she feared for her life. Christianity is a side story. A Florida court proved this.
Florida’s Judge Daniel Dawson said he would not send Rifqa back to Ohio until he received the family’s immigration documents. Since the family is here illegally, that should have been enough to keep Rifqa in her foster home, but it did not. Mr. and Mrs. Bary faced “contempt of court” charges by refusing to turn over their documentation.
But the court caved, and a Facebook post reportedly written by Jamal Jivanjee, said to be Rifqa’s friend and a pastor, claims a bait-and-switch put Rifqa back in Ohio with no protection.
…in order to have the immigration issue go away for Rifqa’s parents,
Mohammad Bary’s attorney, David Colley, cut a ‘behind the scenes’ deal
in which the Florida court would drop the contempt of court issue
regarding their immigration situation in exchange for an assurance that
they would leave Rifqa alone and let her stay in foster care for the
next 9 months until she is 18.
RedCounty’s Jerry Gordon, says that David Colley was fired because the Bary’s could not afford to pay him, so the Ohio court appointed Omar Tarazi:
Instead of Rifqa Bary being declared a dependent of the State of Ohio,
put on a fast track for a green card and ultimate US Citizenship, she’s
in foster care custody facing a lengthy dependency hearing.
Gordon also says that Tarazi had the help of attorney Shayan Elahi in Florida, and that both men were “successful” in getting Rifqa back to Ohio. As you’ll read below, Gordon affirms the suspicion that both men are being paid by CAIR.
The JAWA Report says Florida investigators attempted to “investigate” the Columbus, Ohio Muslim community and the mosque attended by Rifqa’s parents:
We can now report that those FDLE investigators were led on a wild
goose chase to avoid the unsavory and terror-tied elements of the Bary
family mosque by CAIR’s Islamist mole in the Ohio Dept. of Public
Safety, Omar Alomari, director of the ODPS Office of Multicultural Affairs.
As a result, those same FDLE investigators were sent reeling yesterday with the filing and release of an extensively footnoted 35 page brief by Rifqa’s attorney….Why couldn’t they discover any evidence of Islamic extremism in Central
Ohio, home to the largest known Al-Qaeda cell in the US since 9/11?
According to Jamal, the Florida court, and her Guardian Ad Litem” Krista Bartholomew, gave up the emergency jurisdiction over Rifqa and the family’s illegal immigration. He also believes that CAIR is working with the parents. That cannot be good news for Rifqa.
Upon her arrival came a new set of restrictions that her parents and
Muslim attorneys have been trying to impose on her from the
A children’s services attorney, Jim Zorn, reported said this:
Bary’s use of Facebook was one issue that led to the situation, said
Jim Zorn, a children’s services attorney, who asked Goodrich to
restrict Bary from using the Internet and her cell phone. “What we want
to restrict is the other people, the other organizations, the other
forces, that have interjected themselves into this case
inappropriately, and has caused the additional problems that we’ve
seen,” Zorn said.
Even Charles Manson has access to a jail phone. Mr. Zorn might include the fact that Rifqa is from a Mulim family, and felt threatened…and that is what “led to the situation.” As Jamal point out:
While it is legal for 17 year old girls in this country to have
abortions without parental agreement, this 17 year old girl is
forbidden to have unrestricted access to her phone or facebook friends
of her choosing! Is she under house arrest because she is a Christian?
This sounds like Sharia law in Ohio!
The overriding fear is that the family will gain custody of Rifqa and send her back to Sri Lanka. You can imagine her fate there. Muslim fathers often have no qualms about the treatment of a daughter-gone-wrong, by definition by Islam.
I took portions of Jamal’s very lengthy Facebook post from Jihad Watch. You can read the entire piece at here.
For a report of the parent’s public stance, read this Newsweek article. Fortunately, many eyes are on the Ohio court and Mr. and Mrs. Bary. Why are we not hearing details from Krista Bartholomew, Rifqa’s Guardian Ad Litem?