Southern California Muslims Rally around Detained Fund-raiser


Picture from the Protest
Picture from the Protest
Protesters condemned the threatened deportation of a man who used to work for a Muslim charity that has been accused of sending millions of dollars to the Hamas terrorist group.

The U.S. government is trying to pressure Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan into providing information about Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, said Sabiha Khan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We have been assured that ... Hamdan has told investigators everything he
knows. It is outrageous that immigration officials are pressuring him in
such a manner," Khan said Friday as dozens of demonstrators waved protest
placards and prayed outside a federal office building.

Khan said the threat to deport Hamdan and his wife to Jordan because of
alleged immigration violations was "un-American and hypocritical."

Hamdan, a 44-year-old father of six U.S.-born children who lives in Buena
Park, was detained Tuesday - the same day authorities arrested seven former
employees of the Holy Land Foundation.

Hamdan's immigration attorney, Ban al-Wardi, said authorities detained him
for violating the terms of the student visa he used to enter the United
States in 1979.

"They started off saying, 'If you just cooperate with us to the level that
we're looking for, then we will make all of this go away,"' al-Wardi said.

Hamdan's criminal attorney, Federico Sayre, said authorities told him that
Hamdan may be among the targets of a second wave of indictments if he
doesn't provide useful information

 


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