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NY Muslim Group To Call For FBI Probes Of Beatings

(NEW YORK, NY, 5/22/05) – On Sunday, May 22, the New York office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will hold a news conference to call for FBI probes of two violent incidents that may have been motivated by anti-Muslim bias. The CAIR-NY news conference will take place today during a community rally in Brooklyn calling for justice in the beating death of a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh who was found May 6 in a pool of blood not far from his home. Members of the local Muslim community believe the crime may have been bias-related because money was left in the victim’s pocket. SEE: “NYPD Playing Catch-Up In A Botched Murder Case” “Cops: Supervisors Botched Initial Probe of Fatal Beating”,0,7972196.story

WHAT: CAIR-NY News Conference Calling for FBI Probes of Recent Beatings

WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: During community rally on Chester Avenue (between Church Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway) in Brooklyn, NY CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr, 917-751-1017 or 212-870-2002, E-Mail: In the second case, a 13-year-old Muslim student was assaulted Wednesday at a private school on Staten Island. The alleged attacker and his friends reportedly called the Muslim victim a “terrorist” and “a relative of (Osama) Bin Laden,” and desecrated a copy of the Quran in the weeks leading up to the assault. SEE: “Police Probing Student Fight in Private School” “Both of these disturbing incidents must be investigated thoroughly by the FBI to determine whether or not the attackers were motivated by anti-Muslim bias,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr. Nasr said the FBI has resources and capabilities that could aid local investigators.

The council in America’s largest civil liberties group, with 31 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. To read CAIR’s mission and vision statement, go to

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CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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