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CAIR-Sacramento Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Murder of Iraqi-American

chapter logos california(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/22/16) The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), today welcomed the guilty verdict in the case of the murdered Iraqi American Hassan Alawsi.

Hassan Alwasi, a Muslim man of Iraqi heritage was shot and killed in a Home Depot parking lot allegedly because the assailant had “severe hatred” of Middle Easterners and was incensed by the Islamic headscarf (hijab) worn by the victim's sister.

Police say Hassan Alawsi's assailant stalked him in the Sacramento, Calif., parking lot before gunning him down on March 16, 2014.

SEE: Authorities Describe Killing of Man Outside Home Depot as Racially Motivated (Sacramento Bee)

In a statement, CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra, said:

“Justice was served for the Alwasi family and the American Muslim community. Hassan Alaswi left a war-torn Iraq to find a safe place to live with his family, and he went back in a casket. Politicians should understand that hateful rhetoric has deadly consequences. The jury verdict signals an unequivocal message that hate in any form will not be tolerated in our great city, state, and nation.”

In 2014 CAIR-SV held a press conference with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders to address the hate motivated murder of Hassan Alwasi.

See: CAIR-SV to Call for Rejection of Islamophobia After Calif. Muslim Shot Dead in Hate Attack

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.

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-SV Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem, 916-441-6269, sSweilem@cair.com; Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269, 916-289-3748, belkarra@cair.com

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