Dr. Grant Luis Lopez-Sobrino

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Dr. Grant Luis López-Sobrino was born at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Sausal Redondo, Alta California (Inglewood, California) and lived on Dixon Street between 102nd St. and 104th St. in Inglewood, California. He played Left Fullback for AYSO youth soccer's Huntington Beach Hawks, who went undefeated until national quarter-finals in Lansing, Michigan. The following year he played OG for the Chargers football team protecting QB Todd Marinovich's undefeated offense. After graduating with honors from Coastline Community College in Orange County, California, he transferred to the University of California Los Ángeles, graduating cum laude with Majors in Arabic, Spanish and Linguistics and minors in Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern and North Áfrican Studies, with College Honors and Dean's Honors in addition to Latin Honors, in August 2005. He received a Near-Eastern Foreign Languages and Area Studies fellowship from Michigan State University in the summer of 2005 before continuing post-graduate studies at UCLA. He was a Doctoral-1 student of Islamic Studies at UCLA, working as a Teaching Assistant for 3 Islamic History courses in UCLA's Summer Abroad program in Spain and Morocco when the U.S. State Department denied his 3-year-old daughter a passport, thus preventing him from reporting for an offer to teach at the National University of Yogyakarta which he had already accepted from the government of Indonesia. Instead, he was arrested during classtime inside the classroom on the 3rd floor of UCLA's Rolfe Hall by 7 UCPD officers for a felony which he was never convicted of. Fleeing the country in January 2007, he advanced to candidacy in exile (May 2007) and became a professor at the University of Guadalajara (2007-2008) and then migrated to Japan in March 2008 where he taught until October 2010, making academic presentations in Linguistics and Islamic History for academic conferences at Temple University Japan and the University of Tokyo, while also saving a girl's life as Head Lifeguard at Yokohama Country and Athletic Club from 2008-2009 and being flown overseas from Narita to Amsterdam, Madrid & London and back by UCLA as Lecturer of History for the same 3 courses in UCLAs Study-Abroad program in Spain and Morocco which he had previously T.A.'d for. While in Fez, Morocco, he was beatified with the Islamic rank of "Mabruk" (equivalent of "Blessed" in Christianity). Again compelled by persecution as an intellectual dissident, he fled Japan for Saigon via China, teaching from October 2010 until May 2013. The U.S. State Department confiscated his passport in November of 2011 and pressured Viet Cong forces to arrest him and his children. While praying Friday Prayers in May 2013 at Masjed Musulmans in Saigon, Viet Cong forces stormed the mosque and arrested Dr. López, his wife and his children (now ages 9 and 7) where they were held without trial and without bail at No Tran Long prison for 10 months until March 2014. In March 2014 they were extradited against their will to Los Ángeles, where Dr. López was held an additional year without trial or bail and was forbidden visits from his wife while being accused of the same felony he had already been exonerated of in January 2007. Again, there was no material evidence, no witness and no conviction for the felony he was arraigned on. After 22 months without bail, trial or even spousal visits, he was released with no felony conviction and no property or clothes in downtown Los Ángeles. He is currently residing in Aliso Niguel, Alta California and is denied a passport to leave the country. He is seeking asylum from any country who would tolerate a Doctor of Islamic Studies and Mabruk who is condemned by the Saudis and their American puppets for accepting no king except Allah.
(biography written July 4, 2018)

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