UPDATE: Some supporters of Shakir Hamoodi will be gathering today at 2:30pm at Rock Bridge Christian Church to discuss a response to the sentencing. No idea what that response would be – or even if Mr. Hamoodi has given the meeting his blessing – but thought I’d pass along.
Shakir Hamoodi, owner of World Harvest, was sentenced yesterday to three years in federal prison. What he did – funnel money to family and friends in Iraq in violation of federal sanctions – is pretty clear. But Columbia is better because of Mr. Hamoodi and his store. It’s a tragedy. That’s really the only word I’ve been able to come up with. I’m sick to my stomach for him and his family and wish them the best.
Note: I’d feel pretty sleazy asking questions about maintaining my access to excellent cheese and olive oils at a time like this, but I’m wondering what will happen to the store as well. I’ll stop in soon and see what the word is.