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CAIR-Chicago: Judge Allows AIC Lawsuit Against the City of Des Plaines to Move Forward

CAIR logo(Chicago, IL 3/1/17) – A federal judge on Sunday motioned to allow the American Islamic Center’s lawsuit against the city of Des Plaines to proceed to a trial by jury. CAIR-Chicago and Anthony J. Peraica & Associates, the lead attorneys on this case, welcome the ruling and begin to prepare for trial.

AIC, now known as the Society of American Bosnians and Herzegovinans (SABAH), originally filed the lawsuit against the city of Des Plaines in September 2013 after their zoning application to build a moque was denied on grounds of supposed anticipated traffic and parking issues. CAIR-Chicago argued that the rejection of SABAH’s zoning application was simply a pretext for discrimination and violated the Constitution and other Federal laws, especially given that other religious groups’ zoning applications were not denied on such claims. 

SABAH is a Muslim non-profit religious center whose congregation is largely composed of refugees who fled violence from their homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

“The Court’s opinion underscores what we have been contending for years: that our clients were treated unfairly by the City throughout this entire process, solely for the purpose of keeping them out due to their religion.” says CAIR-Chicago Litigation Director Phil Robertson. “We look forward to seeing them in court.”

A trial date has been tentative scheduled for August 1, 2017.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, arehab@cair.com; CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Hoda Katebi, 405-413-1222, hkatebi@cair.com

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