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CAIR Renews Call for Probe of Torture Claims by U.S. Citizens in Pakistan

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/10) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today renewed its call for an investigation of allegations by five Americans detained in Pakistan that they have been subjected to torture by the FBI and Pakistani police.
The five young men from Virginia were arrested in Pakistan in December. Following a court appearance last month, the men shouted to reporters that they were being tortured. Today, they tossed a note to reporters on their way to court for their latest hearing. The note alleged torture by both the FBI and Pakistani police. American and Pakistani officials deny the claims.
SEE: US Terror Suspects in Pakistan Allege FBI Torture (AP)

“It is critical that all allegations of torture be investigated, particularly when American citizens claim our nation’s law enforcement agents are involved,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Every American has the constitutional right to a fair trial free of torture, regardless of the allegations or charges.”
Late last year, the parents of the now-detained men informed CAIR of their disappearance. CAIR put them in touch with the FBI and, along with the families and Muslim community leaders, worked to assist the agency as the investigation moved forward. CAIR also assisted the families in obtaining legal representation to make sure their constitutional rights were protected.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

 

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