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CAIR-Tampa Announces $10K Reward in Arson Case

CAIR-TAMPA, FIRE MARSHALL ANNOUNCE $10K REWARD IN ARSON CASE – TOP

(TAMPA, FL, 7/20/07) – The Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) and the Florida Division of State Fire Marshall today announced a combined $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists who torched a Sarasota Muslim family’s home earlier this month.

CAIR-Tampa is offering up to a $7,500 reward, while Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as the state fire marshal, is offering a reward of up to $2,500.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has called on the FBI to investigate the July 6th incident in which a Bosnian family’s home was burned and spray painted with anti-Muslim slurs.

“We hope this reward will lead to the prompt apprehension and prosecution of whoever carried out this cowardly attack,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier.

A statement sent to CAIR-Tampa today by Florida Governor Charlie Crist stated: “I am saddened by any incident of hate targeting Floridians of the Muslim faith. We will not tolerate such acts. We are an open society and one that takes great pleasure in our diverse communities of faith.”

SEE: Florida Muslim Home Torched By Arsonists

http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=2854&theType=NR

SEE ALSO: Destruction Screams of Hate (Bradenton Herald)

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070714/NEWS/707140330

SEE THE DAMAGE TO THE HOME:

http://www.cairfl.org/tampa/hate/sarasota-arson/index.html

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 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-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506 or E-Mail: abedier@cair.com

 

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