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article imageTeen Christian Convert Rifqa Bary Wins Legal Case in Ohio

By Johnny Simpson     Jan 20, 2010 in World
Earlier today, an Ohio juvenile court ruled that teen Christian convert Rifqa Bary will not be forcibly returned to her parents, and will remain in state custody until her 18th birthday on August 10. This ruling officially ends the Rifqa Bary case.
Though the day has been overshadowed by the Bay State Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown, another surprising news item has surfaced over at the Jawa Report: teen Christian convert Rifqa Bary, who ran away from her Ohio family last year for fear of reprisal over her conversion from Islam to Christianity, will remain a ward of the state until she turns eighteen on August 10, at which point she is a free adult:
Rifqa Bary's dependency case was settled today in an Ohio juvenile court by Rifqa and her parents, and she will remain in state custody until her 18th birthday. In return for her parents dropping their opposition to dependency, Rifqa agreed to plead to the "unruly" charge, which will not count as a criminal charge and jeopardize her upcoming immigration claim.
According to the Jawa Report, attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which represented the Bary family in the case, believed they would lose the case in court and decided on the agreement. The Jawa Report also stated that Rifqa's attorneys would have been presenting evidence regarding the threat to Rifqa and the Bary family's ties to the Islamic Noor Mosque in Columbus (which is now being investigated by the FBI over its numerous links to known radical Islamist extremists), and that CAIR attorneys factored those possible negative disclosures into their decision to settle the case.
The Rifqa Bary case is now officially closed. Rifqa's attorneys are currently working to improve her situation. Since Rifqa's current address was leaked in court, they are pressing the state to move her to a more secure unknown location. Rifqa is also facing severe limits on her communications. Her computer and phone have been confiscated, and she is not allowed to visit with any of her friends. Her attorneys pointed out that no other juvenile in Ohio state custody has ever had such severe personal restrictions imposed on them.
Meanwhile, CAIR is attacking on another front in the Bary case: Ohio pastor Brian Williams, who assisted in Rifqa's flight to Florida last year. CAIR attorneys are pressuring the Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O'Brien, to indict Pastor Williams on kidnapping and other charges related to Rifqa's flight. You can read more on the ruling at the Orlando Sentinel. Atlas Shrugs posted an eyewitness account of today's hearing.
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