(TOLEDO, OH, 2/24/06) – Leaders of the Ohio Muslim community met last night with FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo to discuss concerns stemming from a recent raid on a Muslim charity and the safety of the Muslim community.
The meeting with a U.S. Attorney and an FBI Special Agent in Charge from the Cleveland Field Office included representatives from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Masjid Sa’ad and the Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio).
On Sunday, February 19th agents of the U.S. Treasury Department and FBI raided the headquarters of the Toledo-based charity KindHearts. Agents also searched the homes of some of the organization’s senior officials. No charges have been filed in the case.
KindHearts issued a statement unequivocally denying any wrongdoing and noting “only a few months ago the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Chuck Grassley, Republican from Iowa, had cleared KindHearts, and 21 other Muslim organizations, from any wrongdoing.”
SEE: Statement by KindHearts
“There are many concerns yet to be resolved,” said CAIR-OH Legal Director Jennifer Nimer. “Muslims will condemn any wrongdoing, but there must be a fair judicial process, and that includes bringing charges in open court.”
CAIR-Ohio, formed in 1998, gives a voice to the state’s more than 150,000 Muslims, including 35,000 in Central Ohio. CAIR-Ohio is based in Columbus, with offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-OH Legal Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232 or 614-946-9675, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Julia Shearson, Director (Cleveland Office), 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247