Mosque shooting suspect innocent by reason of insanity

A man who critically wounded a Muslim worshipper at a Memphis mosque nearly two years ago has been found innocent by reason of insanity and ordered to a mental institution for at least 60 days.

Brent Fong, 28, was charged with shooting and wounding mosque member Najeh Abdel-Karim, 28, during a confrontation outside the house of worship the morning of June 20, 2000.

Abdel-Karim sought refuge in the mosque - Masjid Al-Noor located near the University of Memphis - and his attacker fired into the building after him, police said…

"…He was tremendously disturbed," said psychologist Dr. Lynne Zager, who said she feared for her safety when interviewing Fong three days after the shooting. "He was psychotic."


2 JDL leaders are indicted by U.S. Grand Jury

A federal grand jury indicted leaders of the militant Jewish Defense League on Thursday on charges of plotting to bomb the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, the King Fahd mosque in Culver City and a field office of U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista).

Irv Rubin, the JDL's national chairman, and Earl Krugel, the group's West Coast coordinator, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges in the nine-count indictment.

The pair, arrested by the FBI last month, were charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against a U.S. government office, which carries a maximum life term. They also face charges of conspiracy,
possession of a destructive device, attempted arson, possession of illegal weapons, and soliciting another JDL member to carry out the bombings…


Judge denies area Muslim leader bond again

A federal immigration judge gave Immigration and Naturalization Service officials more time to build their case against Ann Arbor Muslim leader Rabih Haddad, who was once again denied bail and must remain behind bars as the federal government pursues evidence to support his removal from the country.

In what is being called an unusual course of action for federal proceedings, Haddad's hearing yesterday - similar to all his previous court appearances - was conducted behind closed doors, without the presence of
media or the public.

…William Dance, a partner for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, a firm in Troy that specializes in immigration, said he was surprised that Hacker had the bond hearing closed to the public. He said deportation
hearings are normally open…

…Yesterday's decision was met with mixed reactions from some of the 100 people who protested outside the court.

"Public opinion and political representatives pushed the judge to say enough is enough and that you have to present evidence," said Tariq Colvin, a trustee of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor.

"I think what this does is it brings us to a point, a fork in the road..My worry is that there is going to be some other angle they will come from that will potentially subvert the due process," Colvin said.

Nazih Hassan, vice president of the Muslim Community Association for Ann Arbor said the INS has had ample time to present its evidence.

"If they have something, please put it out in the open and we'll examine it and act accordingly," Hassan said.

Hassan said he was disappointed that the hearings remain closed to the public and media.

"The government is really alienating the Muslim and Arab community," Hassan said. "We're losing trust we have in the government..."