Sharif is a father of three from New Jersey. He moved with his family to Yemen, where he was abducted by men in balaclavas, shot and tortured. Since February 2014, he has been in secret detention, with no access to lawyers or his family.

In March 2015, a year after he was ‘disappeared’, Sharif Mobley managed to make a desperate call to our office. He told us he was being held in a military basement in Sana’a.

Our lawyers are representing Sharif in the Yemeni courts in the hope of releasing him from unlawful detention.


Sharif was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in the U.S. until 2008, when he moved to Yemen with his wife and young daughter. In 2009, the security situation in Yemen deteriorated, and they decided it was time to go home to the U.S. But they were unable to leave after American Embassy officials refused to process the family’s papers.

Sharif’s ordeal grew worse in January 2010 when he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from outside his house in Sana’a, shot in the leg, and held incommunicado for several months. During his detention, Sharif was shackled to a bed for 24 hours a day and beaten.

He was interrogated by two U.S. agents, who identified themselves only as “Matt from FBI and Khan from DOD.” They told him that he would be raped in prison, his wife would be abducted, his children would be put in an orphanage, and he would never see his family again. They dangled the keys to his house in his face; he was terrified for his wife’s safety. After Sharif’s wife reported his kidnapping to the U.S. Embassy, their family home was raided in the middle of the night. She and their two children were held at gunpoint and strip-searched.

Since mid-2010, Sharif has faced charges relating to the death of a police officer in the course of an alleged attempt to escape from the hospital where he was being treated after he’d been beaten. In July 2014, a Yemeni court issued an official order demanding that the government return Sharif for the next hearing and explain his disappearance. The Attorney General’s office confirmed that Sharif’s disappearance was politically motivated, saying: “His disappearance has nothing to do with the charges he is facing.”


Our Letter to the U.S. Government:

We wrote to the State Department to raise concerns about the deteriorating security situation in Yemen and the ongoing threat to our client. Click here to see what we sent.