A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today called on the Department of Justice to investigate an
incident at a Texas immigration facility that left a Jordanian Muslim
detainee in critical condition following a “mysterious” injury to his head.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said
Khalfan Omari, 25, is recovering from brain surgery following what media
reports call “a mysterious incident” at El Paso’s immigration detention
center. Omari’s brother sent CAIR post-operative photographs of the injury
that show a 7-inch scar in his scalp.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa told the
El Paso Times that Omari said he had “fallen from his seat and hit his
SEE: “Jordanian Immigrant Suffers Unknown Brain Injury at El Paso Center”
Jihad “Jordan” Omari says his brother is a permanent resident of the United
States and that he recently faced discriminatory treatment by authorities
because of his religion and ethnicity. He was allegedly harassed because he
has a tattoo of the word “Jihad” with a heart on his shoulder. The tattoo
apparently refers to his love for his brother.
“A thorough investigation is warranted whenever someone suffers
‘mysterious’ injuries while in the custody of federal authorities,” said
CAIR Civil Rights Attorney Engy Abdelkader. “The need for an investigation
is made even more urgent when there are allegations of past discriminatory
behavior.” She noted that CAIR’s office in Ohio is also seeking an
investigation in the case of Nuradin Abdi, the man charged with plotting to
bomb a shopping mall in that state.
In an editorial published yesterday in the Columbus Dispatch, a CAIR-Ohio
spokeswoman wrote: “While in federal custody for seven months, Nuradin Abdi
changed from a normal person to a damaged human being for whom the court
ordered a psychiatric evaluation.”
“Local Muslim’s Treatment in U.S. Custody is Suspicious”