Tamer Mehanna: 'My Brother Is Passionate'

By Adam Reilly

Jan. 4, 2012

BOSTON — As Tarek Mehanna prepares to appeal his recent conviction on federal terrorism charges, his brother Tamer said Tarek’s translation of pro-terrorist videos and texts was misinterpreted.

Rather, he said, Tarek began translating those materials as his faith grew, as well as his opposition to U.S. foreign policy — and his intensity was in line with all his previous interests. You know those people who have minutely catalogued binders of baseball cards and statistics? Tarek, his brother said, was like that.

"My brother is passionate," Tamer Mehanna said. "He's always been the kind of individual that whatever hobby he gets into… he becomes like an expert in the field. Like a scholarly expert in the field." 

From the time the Sudbury native began to explore Islam — around 2000, before 9/11 — "he took the same approach."
Tarek Mehanna faces a possible sentence of life in prison. 

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