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CAIR-CA Asks County to Drop Charges Against Muslim Teen

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 3/21/06) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on Yolo County officials to drop all charges against Halema Buzayan, a 16 year-old Muslim honor student was arrested following a minor car accident last year.


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“Halema is an outstanding community member respected for her volunteer and charity work. It is unfortunate that that the county spent so much time, money and effort to prosecute Halema for an incident that was already dealt with in a civil matter,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Contact: CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269; Email:


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