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CAIR-LA: Muslims Will Respond to Calif. Arrests

(LOS ANGELES, 8/18/05) – On Friday, August 19, Muslim leaders and chaplains will hold a press conference in Los Angeles to respond to the arrest of three men believed to be connected with a terror plot targeting locations in Southern California.

The arrest this week of a 21-year-old Pakistani man on unspecified charges has been connected to the recent arrests of two African-American men charged in a series of gas station robberies. Law enforcement officials say all three men attended the same mosque in Inglewood, Calif.

The arrests are part of an on-going investigation being conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Authorities have not explained how the three men are connected to one another.

WHAT: Press Conference in Response to Arrests of Three Calif. Men
WHEN: Friday, August 19, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 South Vermont Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

WHO: Daaiyalla Fardan, Chaplain with the CA Dept. of Corrections Juvenile
Dept.; Shakeel Syed, Contractor Chaplain with Federal Bureau of Prisons; Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of Muslim Public Affairs Council; Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior Advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Shura Council of Southern California; Ra’id Faraj, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Los Angeles

CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Ra’id Faraj, 714-776-1847, socal@cair.com; MPAC, Edina Lekovic, 213-383-3443, communications@mpac.org

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