Response of the US Attorney's Office

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Western District of Virginia

Poff Federal Building
210 Franklin Road, S.W., Rm 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011

Mailing Address
Post Office Box 1709
Roanoke, Virginia 24008-1709
Telephone: (703) 857-2250
Fax: (703) 857-2614 or (703) 857-2179

May 26, 1994

Ismail Sloan
620 5th Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

Re: Alleged Abduction of Child

Dear Mr. Sloan:

Pursuant to our meeting of this date, I followed up by contacting Special Agent John Butler, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan Scott.

After discussing the specifics of this case with them, I am on the opinion that this office will commence no further investigation or prosecution regarding your allegations that your daughter was kidnapped in violation of U.S. law.

First, the federal kidnapping statute prohibits acts of abduction that occur within the territorial and special maritime jurisdiction of the United States. Whatever acts of abduction may have occurred in this instance apparently happened in the Middle East. While I realize you believe there was a conspiracy to abduct that occurred in this country, I do not believe that a prosecutable offense occurred for the reasons set forth below.

It appears that the state court system has convicted you of an attempted abduction of the same child from the Roberts'. Since the state court system obviously regards the Roberts to have lawful custody of the child, it would make a federal prosecution for the offense difficult at best. A prosecution would be made even more difficult by the fact that there has apparently been some formal grant of custody to the Mr. and Mrs. Roberts in the state court system.

I realize that you feel the child was wrongfully taken from you in the first place. Nevertheless, in deciding to allocate our resources for investigations and prosecutions, we must base our decisions on a number of factors. Based upon my consideration of the above, it is my opinion that this case lacks prosecutive merit. Accordingly, we will not be proceeding further with either investigation or prosecution concerning this matter.

I urge you to seek whatever redress you might have within the juvenile and domestic relations courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Very truly yours,

United States Attorney
Kenneth M. Sorenson
Assistant United States Attorney


John Butler, SA
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Morgan E. Scott, Jr.
Clerk of Court

On October 7, 1990, my daughter, Shamema Honzagool Sloan, was kidnapped from my home in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, by agents of Charles and Shelby Roberts , Christian Fundamentalists, and taken to Lynchburg, Virginia. I have never been able to get my daughter back.

I have written innumerable letters complaining about this kidnapping. More than that, I have been arrested eleven times in efforts to stop me from getting my kidnapped daughter back. In 1992, I was extradited from California and tried and sentenced to five years in prison in Virginia on charges which I can prove are completely false. I got out of prison after only 21 months, much to the consternation of the people who kidnapped my daughter. They keep trying to have me arrested again.

Here is my first letter to the FBI: Letter to the FBI about the kidnappings of Dr. Marjorie Sloan and Shamema Honzagool Sloan. Here is my second letter to the FBI: Letter to the FBI Agent John Terry . Here is one of my other letters to the FBI: Letter to the FBI Agent John P. Butler . The above letter is the only reply I have ever received either verbally or in writing to my letters to the FBI and to the US Department of Justice about these kidnappings (Note that in July, 1991, nine months after Charles and Shelby Roberts had kidnapped my daughter, Judge Lawrence Janow of the Amherst County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court had "awarded" them custody of the child which they had kidnapped).

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