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California Muslims Decry ‘Pressure Tactics’ Used on Detainee

News Conference Picture: July 30/04
News Conference Picture
Jul 30/04

On Friday, July 30, the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold a news conference to outline concerns about allegations that a local Muslim is being threatened with deportation as a “pressure tactic” to gain information about an Islamic charity.

The news conference, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-LA/OC), will be followed by an Islamic Friday congregational prayer (Jumah) and rally sponsored by the local Muslim community.

WHEN: Friday, July 30, 12:15 p.m. (Pacific), Prayer and rally begin at 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Santa Ana Federal Building, 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334

Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, a 44-year-old resident of Buena Park, Calif., was
detained on Tuesday, the same day that several former officials of the
Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) were
arrested for allegedly funneling charitable donations to Palestinian
militants, a charge they consistently deny. Hamdan’s family and attorney
say the 24-year U.S. resident, who has six U.S.-born children, is being
told he and his wife will be deported unless he offers information in the
HLF case.

“Immigration Status Cited in Detention of Man Who Worked for Charity Under Probe”,1,5606415.story

“Muslims Protest Man’s Arrest”

“Our legal and immigration systems should be used to punish criminals and
protect our borders, not as psychological thumb-screws to extract
information,” said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan.

Ban Al-Wardi, Hamdan’s immigration attorney, said her client has cooperated
fully with federal officials on three separate occasions and has offered
any and all information he has on the HLF case. Al-Wardi is also president
of the ADC-LA/OC.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334;
Ibrahim Hooper,202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed,202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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