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CAIR-CA Calls on DOJ to Protect Rights of Muslim Teen


(DAVIS, CA, 4/12/2006) – The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on Islamic-Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on the Department of Justice to protect the civil rights of Halema Buzayan, a Muslim teenager arrested following an alleged “fender bender” that media reports now indicate may never have occurred.

According to an ABC 7 News investigative report: “A Muslim family from the town of Davis appeared in court for the eighth time Monday in a minor fender bender. The case raises questions of racial discrimination and whether Yolo County prosecutors are wasting tax dollars by pursuing the matter so vigorously.

“All this comes on a day when the I-Team’s obtained a report from a defense expert that says the 16-year-old girl should never have been arrested in the first place and that the accident never even happened.”

SEE: Did Fender Bender Ever Really Happen?

“The fact that county officials have taken such extreme measures in a minor traffic case creates the impression that there is something motivating them other than the pursuit of justice,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

Elkarra called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to donate to the family’s legal defense fund.

How you can help: Support Halema’s Legal Defense Fund
Make checks Payable to: “Halema Buzayan Defense and Litigation Fund”

Mail to: Gonzalez and Leigh LLP, Two Shaw Alley, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

SEE ALSO: CAIR-CA Asks County to Drop Charges Against Muslim Teen

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269, or E-Mail:


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