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Cabbie's Testimony in Duke Case Wins Him Award

Posted March 14, 2008

Moezeldin Elmostafa, the Durham cabbie whose testimony offered an alibi for wrongly-accused Duke lacrosse players, was voted the 2008 Hero of the Year by Reader's Digest readers.

Elmostafa drove two young men home from a party to the Duke University campus on March 14, 2006. He later agreed to testify that one of the accused -- Reade Seligmann -- was in his cab at the purported time of the assault. He swore out an affidavit and produced the cell phone bill that listed Seligmann’s call requesting a cab.

After he committed to help Seligman, Elmostafa was arrested on a charge relating to a minor crime. He believed it was to scare him off the defense’s case. Both Elmostafa and Seligmann were eventually cleared of all charges.


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  • grenlyn1 Mar 14, 2008

    I had no idea they went to such great lengths to intimidate witnesses. this man is not only a hero, but should be compensated for the intimidation. Nifong..you are a heel!

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Mar 14, 2008

    This man is a HERO.

  • wakemom Mar 14, 2008

    arent witnesses "suppose" to testify? what makes him hero of the year? lol...

  • bomanicous Mar 14, 2008

    I'm sure he's a good man and I appreciate what he did but they give out awards for doing a civic duty? I would hope most people would do the same.

  • mtr Mar 14, 2008

    dbcooper41, let me guess you are a cop or the web page was made by a Durham cop or that fine DA maybe tried to Nifong this good cabby prior to his testimony. Remember that nothing coincided with the police reports during this fiasco.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 14, 2008

    Would be proud to know this fine man. The true definition of integrity.

  • dbcooper41 Mar 14, 2008

    i have a very interesting webpage saved that strongly suggests mr mostafa isn't such a wonderful citizen.
    for some reason he wanted to leave the country immediatley after providing the alibi, which btw does not coincide with police reports.
    let me know if anyone is interested in checking it out.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Mar 14, 2008

    That's nice to hear

  • AuntySocial Mar 14, 2008

    he could have taken the easy way, but did what was right instead. kudos to him.

  • john283594 Mar 14, 2008

    Congratulations! He is a fine man, could have easily saved himself some legal trouble by not getting involved.