Two Washington, D.C. area mosques hosted programs last weekend calling for the release of celebrity Islamist Tariq Ramadan, who has been in a French jail since February on rape charges.
He is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.
Rallies at Virginia's Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center and the Turkish government run Diyanet Center in Lanham, Md. were sponsored by the Aafia Foundation. It is named for convicted Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, aka "Lady Al-Qaida," a Pakistani convicted of opening fire on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
The foundation also led a march Monday to the French Embassy in Washington demanding Ramadan's release.