(SAN ANTONIO, TX, 4/28/08) – The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) today called for a Justice Department investigation into the death of Riad Hamad, whose body was found earlier this month in a Texas lake. The body had been bound with duct tape.
Hamad, a 55-year-old middle school teacher, was a peace activist and director of the Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund. His family said he had received death threats in the past because of his advocacy on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Local police are leaning toward a ruling of suicide.
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“Because of the unusual nature of this case and Mr. Hamad’s past political activism, we urge the Justice Department to open an independent investigation into the cause of death,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain.
She said Hamad’s office was recently raided by the FBI, but he was never formally accused of any wrongdoing.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 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-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, E-mail: email@example.com