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CAIR-MN Welcomes 39-Year Sentence for Man Who Attempted to Murder Somalis

CAIR MN Welcomes 39 Year Sentence for Man Who Attempted to Murder Somalis(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/12/2017) –  – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a 39-year prison sentence for Anthony Sawina, who last year shot at five Somali-American men in a car on their way to prayers, injuring two.

“Minnesota’s Muslim Community welcomes the sentencing of Anthony Sawina, for the attempted murder of two Somali youth,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “As hate crimes targeting Muslims increase in our state, Minnesotans must all stand together against every one of these horrifying acts born of hatred and targeting innocent people.”

Hussein added, “today we are witnessing both the rise of sophisticated and organized anti-Muslim groups like ACT for America, as well as the sudden and impetuous assaults on Muslims growing all too common in our communities.”

Background on the Case:

On June 29, 2016, five Somali men in Dinkytown were on the way to a mosque for prayers when they were insulted by a member of a group leaving Library Bar. As the five Somali men were attempting to leave in their car, one of the bar patrons said, “(Expletive) Muslims.” Words were exchanged and Sawina drew a handgun and pointed it at the car. During the trial, several of the victims testified that they heard Sawina say, “I’m going to kill you all.”

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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