Maha Abel Rahim faced an extradition hearing today in Puerto Rico on 2/21/2013. The hearing was as a result of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Gary Tranberger of the Riverside Superior Court on 1/9/2013, in case RIF 130021, who accused Ms. Rahim of allegedly failing to hand over her son. Abdel Rahim is facing a felony kidnapping charge under CA penal code 278.5. Judge Tranberger issued a $ 200,000 bond with the arrest warrant which violated her right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth amendment, demonstrating his malicious intent and was excessive by the Riverside Superior Court standard bail practices.
Judge Becky Dugan of the Riverside Superior Court has in the meantime modified the bond to $ 100,000 and the District Attorney has filed an amended complain on 2/11/2013. The initial complaint was only filed on 1/31/2011.
She was released from jail in Puerto Rico without bail pending an extradition hearing to California scheduled for today. The ACLU, Puerto Rican defense team, represents Abdel Rahim and the extradition hearing was continued until April 4th 2013. The burden of proof is on the Riverside District Attorney’s office who has to prove malice to substantiate any conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. The case against Eva Ruiz-Gomez was dropped after a two year battle as the District Attorney in that case failed to prove malice, and the criminal judge cited family law issues. https://viewsandnewsriversidesuperiourcourts.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/after-a-two-year-batttle-the-charges-for-felony-kidnapping-against-eva-ruiz-gomez-were-dismissed-due-to-confusing-court-orders-a-case-for-family-law/
Mass protest against Abdel Rahim’s arrest warrant has been accumulating and the petition to halt the extradition of Maha Abdel Rahim to the Governor of Puerto Rico has gathered 6546 signatures http://www.change.org/petitions/gobierno-de-puerto-rico-gobernador-garc%C3%ADa-padilla-no-firme-la-orden-de-extradici%C3%B3n-de-maha-abdel-rahim
Abdel Rahim is of Syrian and Palestinian descent. The Riverside Superior Court has repeatedly discriminated against a mother’s immigration and national status and has discriminated on the application of penal code 278.5 in cases where the mother could conclusively demonstrate a malicious custodial deprivation standard under CA penal code 278.5. https://viewsandnewsriversidesuperiourcourts.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/1378/