Actually, we don’t have any idea where the money went. But, yes, I think the sentence was just. The law forbade sending money to Iraq. He did so, repeatedly, in violation of the law, and pled guilty to that. So the fact that he broke the law doesn’t seem to be disputed. So if he deliberately violated a law that was set up to prevent exactly the type of thing he did, how is it unjust he’s being punished for it?
Are you saying the concepts of “just” and “broke the law” are coextensive? That’s kind of a loaded rhetorical question. The cheap/easy example would be putting someone in jail for knowingly violating a sodomy law–would you still ask how it’s unjust that they were being punished for it?
No. The law he violated killed somewhere in the region of half a million innocent children. It was not a law that should be enforced purely for its own sake. If it has been verified that the money went solely to humanitarian support, it is completely unethical to punish him for this.
I also found this article. It says that he sent $271,000 to Iraq over nine years. That strikes me as being more money than what the website in the OP implies. It also seems that the charity that he began donating money to has a pretty sketchy history: link. The charity was suspected of sending funds to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and several other people (including a former congressman) were convicted for actions relating to that charity.
So, it seems the case is indeed more complex than it first appears. I have quite a bit of sympathy for those with family members suffering under sanctions, but it starts to appear to me that Dr. Hamoodi wasn’t making an innocent mistake in sending funds to Iraq; he was making quite a serious mistake.
Sadly, Dr. Hamoodi is a friend of a friend of a friend, and I heard about what’s going on through a Facebook post. I read the site linked in the OP and had sympathetic feelings–but suspicions as to whether I was hearing the whole story, and uncertainty as to whether my “sympathetic feelings,” even if it were the whole story, could stand in place of moral or legal judgment.