Subject: RFDAH: ISA Director Arrested
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Islamic Saudi Academy Director Arrested for Obstruction of Justice June 16,
2008 Fairfax, VA
On June 9th, Fairfax County Police arrested the Director General of the
Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), Mr. Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, on the charges of
Obstruction of Justice without Force (VA Code 18.2-460).
Charged and released on the same day, Mr. Al-Shabnan is out on his own
recognizance as he awaits his first hearing at .
Mr. Al-Shaban’s arrest stems from an investigation into the ISA’s alleged
failure to comply with State requirements for reporting child abuse.
According to authorities, instead of reporting the child abuse, Mr.
Al-Shabnan deleted the report, contacted the student’s parents, and
recommended psychological counseling for the young victim. Mr. Al-Shaban’s
June 9 arrest comes after a May 23rd police search of the ISA where they
gathered evidence that has contributed to the charges against Mr.
Years of Controversy Continue
The ISA has been at the center of controversy for many years. A 2007 United
States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report
promoted members of Congress to call for the closure of the school. The
2007 USCIRF report prompted a coalition of concerned grassroots
organizations to request the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to delay
the renewal of the ISA lease until a Federal investigation into the ISA was
completed. During the hearing, County Supervisors dismissed concerns as
slanderous, bigoted, and unfounded.
During the course of the hearing, Fairfax County Chairman, and Democratic
Candidate for the 11th Congressional District, apologized to Mr. Al-Shabnan
for what he deemed slanderous accusations that impugned the integrity of the
Islamic Saudi Academy.
Since that May 19 hearing, the Mr. Al-Shabnan has been arrested and the
USCIRF has confirmed ISA textbooks justify murder as an Islamic right.
Only Supervisor Gross has responded to the issue, and she continues her
support for the ISA, and its textbooks that contain passages filled with
hate and incitement to violence. Chairman Connolly has yet to retract his
apology to the ISA and Mr. Al-Shabnan. Supervisor Hyland has not yet
commented on whether the texts cited in the USCIRF report are the similar to
those he identified as “texts of concern”
during his independent and undocumented investigation of the ISA.
These hateful passages remain despite a 2006 US State Department request for
the ISA to remove all insensitive and offensive content from textbooks. The
ISA’s non-compliance with the 2006 US State Department request has not been
accounted for and raises concerns about what the ISA, as an extension of the
Saudi government, considers offensive, and the level of accountability they
have to their local hosts and Federal government.
Since the US Treasury Department still considers Saudi Arabia as one of the
leading financiers of terrorism, and USCIRF reports identify Saudi Arabia’s
education as filled with incitements to murder as a religious freedom, the
US State Department has not commented as to whether they will extend this
policy and allow Iran and North Korea to open official schools in the US as
The ISA’s has run afoul of Virginia law before in hiring a bus driver,
Abdelrazeg Abdalla, who had a suspend license, seven traffic violations, a
misdemeanor for kidnapping his wife and child at knife point, and a six
month detainment by Homeland Security. Nevertheless, the ISA hired Mr.
Abdalla as a bus driver. Mr. Abdalla, operating a faulty ISA, bus was
responsible for a 2005 multi-car accident.
Additionally, the ISA winner of the superlative Most Likely to Be a Martyr,
and 1999 class valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, has been convicted on
charges of terrorism and attempting to assassinate President Bush.
As a result for the a May 19 hearing, the ISA’s lease of Fairfax County
property continues as the unanimously supports the ISA
as a model school beyond reproach.
A video of the complete May 19 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Hearing
on the Islamic Saudi Academy can be found at:
http://www.fairfaxc ounty.gov/ cable/channel16/ vod.htm
Select “Public Hearings” from the May 19 links.
42:58 Fairfax County Chairman Connolly charges of slander remarks
49:35 Supervisor Gross: Latin can be violent and Parochial Schools contain
material as equally offensive as the ISAs.
1:02 Supervisor Hyland begins testimony about why and how they’re is no
documentation on his investigation.