CAIR-LA to Seek Probe Into FBI's Arrest of Ahmad Niazi

Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:14am EST

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Afghan national claims retaliation for refusal to become informant

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, February 24, the
Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR-LA) will host a news conference to announce the filing of a request for
the U.S. Attorney General to launch an investigation into the FBI's arrest
last week of Ahmad Niazi.

The news conference will immediately follow a court hearing Tuesday for Niazi
in Santa Ana, Calif. Members of his family will take part in the news
conference.

Niazi is charged with perjury, naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport
obtained by fraud, and making a false statement to a federal agency. He claims
the charges are in retaliation for his refusal to become an FBI informant.

Niazi previously reported to CAIR-LA and other community members that, during
a raid of a friend's house, an FBI agent urged Niazi to work with the agency,
saying that if he refused to cooperate his life would be made a "living hell."

SEE: Man with Alleged Terror Ties Aided Police in 2007
http://www.fresnobee.com/384/story/1218047.html

WHAT: News Conference to Announce Call for Probe of FBI Actions in Arrest of
Ahmad Niazi

WHEN: Immediately following Tuesday's court hearing. The hearing is scheduled
for 9 a.m.

WHERE: Outside the Santa Ana Courthouse

WHO: Representatives from CAIR-LA, other Muslim groups and Ahmad Niazi's
family

CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847 or
714-851-4851, E-Mail: info@losangeles.cair.com

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower
American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual
understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,
E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin,
202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com




SOURCE  Council on American-Islamic Relations

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director, ihooper@cair.com; or
Amina Rubin, CAIR Communications Coordinator, arubin@cair.com, both of Council
on American-Islamic Relations, +1-202-488-8787
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