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CAIR-MI Welcomes Arrest of Arsonist of Middle Easterners’ Properties

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 3/5/19) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomes the arrest of a man who allegedly committed a series of arson attacks against properties owned by persons of Middle Eastern background in the Metro Detroit area. 

Nicholas Diedo of Dearborn Heights was recently arrested pertaining to a string of arson attacks against businesses and vehicles of persons of Middle Eastern background from April 2018 to February 2019.  His arrest was due to a thorough investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Diedo faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

SEE: Middle Eastern community in Detroit area targeted by arsonist, feds say (Detroit News)

“We welcome the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of a string of arson attacks which caused fear and significant property damage in our community,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We hope that this arrest serves as a deterrent to those who target American Muslim and Arab American communities in our region.” 

Walid also stated his concern over other acts of property damage in the area including a recent vandalism in Ypsilanti in which the slur “sand (n-word)” was spray painted on garage of an Arab American.

SEE: Arab-American Man’s Home Vandalized by Racial Slur (Michigan Daily)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


 CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,


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