“I’m okay. I’m grateful to God – thank God.” – Karim Koubriti
It was a trial that garnered international attention following 9/11.
Several men in metro Detroit were accused of plotting a terror attack.
But it was mot true – and it certainly was not easy moving on after a wrongful conviction.
Now 20 years later, one of the men at the center of that case has finally become a U.S.
Karim Koubriti is a husband, a father, a successful businessman who Amy Lange recently met in person for the first time.
In 2001 Karim Koubriti was just a young Muslim man from Morocco seeking a better life in the United States caught up in the fear and hysteria following the 9/11 attacks.
On Sept. 17, 2001 the FBI raided a home in southwest Detroit.
All were suspected of operating as a covert underground support unit for terrorist attacks.
Karim Koubriti was one of four men accused of being part of a sleeper cell. He was convicted of providing material support to terrorists.
But the attorneys for Karim Koubriti and other defendants never stopped fighting or believing in the innocence of their clients.
“From day one from the day I met him, I knew he wasn’t a terrorist.”
– Karim Koubriti’s attorney Rick Helfrick
The case against the men were thrown out. when it was revealed the prosecutor’s star witness was making it all up and the prosecution had withheld evidence.
Once it was brought to light, Karim Koubriti was once again a free man – one who had learned to question everything.
There are diligent defense attorneys for whom Karim Koubriti is forever grateful. If not for them, he could still be in prison right now.
Karim Koubriti moved on, stayed here and built a successful trucking business.
Karim Koubriti got married and had two daughters – all the while applying for citizenship.
Karim Koubriti had such bad memories of the Detroit federal court house he did not come downtown for years.
Karim Koubriti learned he was finally becoming a U.S. citizen.
Karim Koubriti was sworn in, right in the same building where he had been wrongfully convicted so many years before.
In a country Karim Koubriti had long admired for its justice system, it is a success story Rick Helfrick hopes will inspire others – especially in the Muslim community because in this case, in the end, the justice system worked.
“Given the atmosphere in the country since 9/11 toward Muslims, stories like his need to be told.”
– Rick Helfrick
“I’m okay. I’m grateful to God – thank God.”
– Karim Koubriti
Wrongfully convicted after 9/11, exonerated Detroit man becomes US citizen:
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