CAIR-TX: CLEARED MAN CITES PREJUDICE
Frustration tempered celebration Thursday afternoon as Louai Othman and Muslim community leaders gathered to discuss the three-week ordeal that began with terrorism charges against three Mesquite men and ended Tuesday with all charges being dropped.
Mr. Othman, 23, spoke at the Farmers Branch offices of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a group whose leaders say Muslims have been systematically mistreated since the 9/11 terrorism attacks.
“This incident is seen by the Muslim community as another example of the racial and religious profiling that has been prevalent since 9/11,” said Mustafaa Carroll, a group board member. “Muslim and Arab-Americans have faced scrutiny beyond what is reasonable. Every Muslim has been the victim of suspicion.”
The other two men arrested, Mr. Othman’s 21-year-old brother, Adham Othman, and 18-year-old cousin, Maruan Muhareb, were not at the event.
Mr. Othman said he has no plans to sue over his experience but would like an apology from police and prosecutors who put him in jail for 12 days.
In addition to time spent in jail, Mr. Othman said, the arrest led to the closure of his bank account, his eviction from a storage facility in Mesquite, and terrorism accusations against his family at their Mesquite apartment.
He said that his family probably would move and that he would get out of the business of selling cellphones.
“I’m probably going to get a nice job at a computer store,” said Mr. Othman, who said he had never experienced discrimination before his arrest.
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