Conyers Demands 'Rigorous, Thorough' Probe of Dearborn Imam's Slaying by FBI
WASHINGTON – Detroit Congressman John Conyers is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for his personal assurance that the death of a Muslim leader in a shootout with FBI agents in Dearborn will be “rigorous, thorough and transparent.”
Conyers, a Democrat who serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Holder today that also called for the Civil Rights Division to investigate whether the FBI has violated First Amendment freedoms by using undercover agents in mosques and other houses of worship.
Conyers cited reports that government informants visited and recorded statements at the mosque of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who died in the shootout in Dearborn Oct. 28.
“The shooting of Imam Abdullah has been controversial from the moment the first bullets flew, and passions continue to rise in Detroit and around the world,” Conyers said. “A complete and fully transparent investigation is needed."
Federal authorities have defended the shooting, saying they were conducting a raid of a warehouse allegedly linked to a suspected Islamic fundamentalist group when Abdullah opened fire.
To see a copy of the letter Congressman Conyers sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, please see: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Conyers100113.pdf
Source: Detroit Free Press