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For nearly four months, Ali Danial Hemani, a 25-year-old Pakistani-American from Lewisville, Texas, has been held in jail without the possibility of bail, facing charges under an obscure, ambiguous and scarcely raised code buried within a gun control law passed in the 1960s. His arrest on February 10 of this year follows about three years of his family being the target of unfounded and Islamophobic surveillance at the hands of the FBI, allegedly in response to family and religious visits to Iran.
Hemani is a Shi'a Muslim, and there is a very political motivation behind his arrest. The FBI alleges that he and his family have ties to the Iranian military and government due to the trips they have made there. The federal government used this as justification to conduct a raid of the Hemani family’s home in August 2022, in search of anything that could incriminate the family.
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