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CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Leaders to Gather for Oscar Morel Double Murder Trial, Release 2017 Hate Crimes Stats

(NEW YORK, NY, 3/2/18) — On Monday, March 5, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and other Muslim community leaders will hold a news conference ahead of opening statements in the Oscar Morel double murder trial.

Morel faces first degree murder charges in the 2016 deaths of Imam Maulana Ala’Uddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin. CAIR-NY serves as civil counsel and media representative for the Akonjee and Uddin families.

FOR BACKGROUND ON THE CASE, SEE: CAIR-NY to Mark One Year Anniversary of Ozone Park Double Murder, Calls on Area Faith Leaders to Remember Victims

At the news conference, CAIR-NY will also present its 2017 civil rights report showing a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York State since President Trump’s election.

WHAT: News Conference – Oscar Morel Double Murder Trial – CAIR-NY 2017 Civil Rights Report

WHO: CAIR-NY and Muslim Community Members

WHEN: Monday, March 5, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Steps of Queens County Supreme Court, 125-1 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

CONTACT: CAIR New York Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, 571-766-6273,

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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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