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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.

SEE:
“Immigration Status Cited in Detention of Man Who Worked for Charity Under Probe”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-me-hamdan29jul29,1,5606415.story

“Muslims Protest Man’s Arrest”
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2004/07/29/sections/local/local/article_183699.php

“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: cair@cair-net.org;
Rabiah Ahmed,202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 

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