ADC Michigan Update
Charges Dropped Against Imam Al-Husainy
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Michigan is pleased to announce that the case of Imam Husham Al-Husainy has been resolved. According to Imam Al-Husainy’s legal representatives, a meeting took place on Monday, July 15, 2002 between the City of Dearborn’s Legal Department and Imam Al-Husainy and his legal representatives. During this meeting, the City agreed to drop all charges brought against the Imam, bringing this case to a close. Imam Al-Husainy, a local Islamic clergyman, along with two other community members, were singled out and unfairly charged with Protesting Without a Permit, as a result of their participation in a pro-peace Palestinian Rally on April 14, 2002 in the City of Dearborn. Imam Al-Husainy’s case was completely and unconditionally dismissed, and the City waived the restitution fees of both Mr. Chammout and Mr. Bijayih. Mr. Chammout and Mr. Bijayih paid $500 in fines and were placed under advisement for nine months.
Life Sentence Handed Down To Man Who Committed Hate Crime Murder
Brent Seever, the man who was found guilty last month of felony murder in the death of Ali Almansoop was sentenced on Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court by Judge Diane Hathaway to life in prison without parole. Seever was convicted of murdering Almansoop, a 45 year-old man of Yemeni origin, on September 19, 2001, after he entered a house he was sleeping in, woke him up, chased him outside the house and shot him dead in the street. Seever admitted to police that part of his motivation for the murder was the September 11 National Tragedy and the “terrorist activity” involved. This confirmed hate crime marked the first murder of an Arab American in Michigan directly after September 11. ADC would like to commend the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for taking a leading role in sending the message across that hate crimes will not be tolerated. The efforts that they have made to show their support for the community here in Michigan are highly recognized and appreciated.
ADC Michigan Director To Testify Before U.S. Civil Rights Commission
Mr. Imad Hamad, along with the ACLU and other community representatives, will be providing testimony on July 19, 2002 to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about post-9/11 activities. This meeting will take place at the OMNI Detroit River Place Hotel and will focus on individuals and organizational representatives who have been working with communities affected by government security efforts after 9/11, particularly in Michigan, which has the largest Arab American population in the U.S. By statute, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has established advisory committees (SACs) in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, to advise the Commission on civil rights concerns in their states. The Commission asked the SACs to conduct reviews and report to it on post-9/11 issues/concerns in their states. All six states in the Midwest Region (IN, IL, MI, MN, OH, and WI) have held such reviews.
*Mark Your Calendar: The ADC Michigan Annual Banquet will be held on Friday, October 11, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn at 6:30 PM. For more information call the ADC Office at 313-581-1201.
Contact: Rana Abbas at (313) 581-1201