(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/30/16) â€“ The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed guilty pleas resulting from a June 19, 2015, hate attack on three Somali-Americans in Dodge City.
CAIR-Kansas also thanked federal authorities for their successful prosecution of the case.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release:
â€œArmando Sotelo, 24, pleaded guilty today to a hate crime offense for his role in a June 19, 2015, assault of a black Somali man in Dodge City, Kansas. Omar Cantero Martinez, 32, also pleaded guilty today to providing perjured testimony during a hate crimes prosecution arising from the same assault. . .
â€œDuring Soteloâ€™s plea hearing, he admitted that he assaulted the victim, identified as M.H.D., because of M.H.D.â€™s race and national origin. Sotelo admitted that he, with the assistance of two other men, approached M.H.D., who is black and from Somalia, while M.H.D. was sitting with two other Somali men on a bench outside the African Market.Â The defendant approached the bench from one side, while the two other men approached the bench from the other.Â Sotelo and the other men all yelled racial and anti-Somali slurs at M.H.D. and at the two other Somalis on the bench. â€œ
â€œWe welcome the successful resolution of this disturbing case and thank all those on the prosecution team whose professional actions led to these guilty pleas,â€ said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report
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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