The attorney for the six Muslim Imams who were removed from a Minneapolis flight in November has received a letter threatening to kill him, according to a press release by CAIR, a civil rights organization.

The New York lawyer, Omar Mohammedi, who filed a discrimination lawsuit in the Minneapolis Federal Court on behalf of the Imams in March, said the threat was specific.

A party calling itself “American Jihad” signed the latter, according to CAIR. The sender scolds the lawyer and the Imams for filing the lawsuit.

Among other things, it says: “We have located the residences and identified the families of all parties (the plaintiffs and you). . .We plan, at random, to start systematically killing the people on our list if this suit proceeds. You, personally, have been identified as the prize kill. It is our belief that terrorists like you should understand the true meaning of terror.”

In an e-mail message, Mohammedi said: “The death threat is a result of some irresponsible public officials and media intentionally providing misinformation of the lawsuit while targeting an officer of the court who is simply doing his job.”

In addition to suing US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the lawsuit targets “John Does” who, Mohammedi says, made false reports against the Imams.

That sparked a wide reaction. A Phoenix-based Muslim group is raising funds for the legal defense of the unnamed passengers. And at least two Minneapolis-based attorneys are offering a pro bono service to them.

CAIR said the New York Police Department and the FBI were notified about the death threat.

“Any time a threat of violence is designed to achieve a political goal, it should be classified as an act of terror,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a statement. “We ask local, state and national law enforcement authorities to treat this as a terror threat and act accordingly.”


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