Saturday, August 27, 2011
Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Centre Oregon case
A US federal grand jury has indicted a person from Oregon on hate crime and arson charges for setting fire to the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Centre in Oregon, intentionally, White House statement said.
The US Justice Department identified the accused as Cody Crawford. He is 24 years of age and residing at Corvallis, Oregon. According to the indictment he is charged with one count of damaging religious property and one count of arson.
The culprit allegedly set fire to the mosque during the early morning hours of Nov 28, 2010, less than two days after authorities arrested an individual in connection with the Portland Christmas Tree Lighting terror plot.
The indictment alleges that Crawford set the fire because of the race, colour or ethnic characteristics of the people associated with the mosque.
“Burning a building of worship because of hatred towards members of one religion is not just an attack on that religion; it is an attack on our core American values,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights
“The Civil Rights Division will aggressively protect the rights of all persons to worship without fear of violence or intimidation, in US.”
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