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    Lawsuit to block construction of mosque is dismissed Wed, Feb. 27, 2008 By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press Writer
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 29, 2008
      Lawsuit to block construction of mosque is dismissed
      Wed, Feb. 27, 2008
      By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press Writer

      MIAMI -- A lawsuit fighting construction of a mosque in a suburban
      neighborhood has been dismissed, though its backers vow to return to

      The lawsuit was filed last year by lawyers for Rodney Wright, who
      claimed the relocation of the Islamic Center of South Florida to a
      new, larger building in his Pompano Beach neighborhood threatened the
      well-being and safety of the community.

      The complaint was dismissed Monday, a move applauded by the Council on
      American-Islamic Relations, which fought the litigation.

      "These people were not really interested in doing something for the
      community. They were trying to further a political agenda of trying to
      restrict Muslims from worship in America," said Ahmed Bedier of CAIR.
      "And that's un-American."

      Wright's lawyer Peter Feaman said he planned to further investigate
      the case before returning to court. The case has been backed by others
      who have been highly critical of major Muslim groups.

      "If they're foolish enough to try this again and be embarrassed, then
      we'll see them in court," Bedier responded.

      Wright, who identifies himself as a Christian, made bold claims in the
      lawsuit, saying the leader of the mosque, Imam Hassan Sabri, has
      repeatedly been associated with others who are tied to terrorist
      groups including Hamas, al-Qaida and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

      There was no accusation of direct wrongdoing and the connections to
      such groups outlined in the filing appeared loose. Sabri has not been
      charged with any criminal wrongdoing and neither he nor his mosque
      have been the target of any publicized investigation.

      The lawsuit also makes more routine complaints, including that prayer
      meetings could cause substantial traffic and taxpayers would be forced
      to foot the bill for increased infrastructure and police protection.

      The Islamic Center of South Florida has been in Pompano Beach, about
      30 miles north of Miami, for more than 20 years. A phone call to Sabri
      by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Wednesday.



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