CAIR-CA Concerned Over Release of Family’s Private Info
District Attorney Releases Family’s Private Information to the Public
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 5/4/06) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today expressed concern over Yolo County District Attorney’s release of private information about the family of a Muslim teenager whose hit-and-run case was recently dismissed by a local judge.
Private information such as the family’s names, address, phone number, and birthdates was released in an audio recording and placed on the Davis Enterprise website.
SEE: “New Controversy In Davis Hit And Run Case” (ABC 7 News Report) http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=4140905
Jamal Buzayan, the father of the teenager, is furious that prosecutors released his private information. He’s concerned about identity theft and what he sees as a vendetta by the district attorney and the Davis police.
He is quoted: “The police is telling you now and the DA’s office, we’re not stopping after the judge makes the decision. We’re going to go after you, judges cannot protect you, lawyers cannot protect you, the truth cannot protect you.”
“Releasing private information to the public places the family at risk,” said CAIR-SV Communications Director Dina El-Nakhal. “There is no justification to try this case in the public after the case was dismissed in court.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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