CAIR: FBI approaching US mosque leaders for questioning – consult a lawyer before speaking to them

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/24/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged mosque and community leaders to seek the advice of an attorney if they are approached by the FBI for questioning.

CAIR says it has received reports from around the nation of mosque officials being asked to meet with FBI agents and then being pressed to inform on members of their congregations.

In an advisory to Muslim community leaders, CAIR recommended that before any meeting with the FBI or any law enforcement agency, American Muslim leaders should seek the advice of an attorney and have that attorney present at any meeting.

“American Muslim leaders and institutions should maintain positive relations with local and federal law enforcement authorities, but those relations must be built on respect for constitutionally-protected civil rights,” said CAIR Civil Rights Litigation Director Jenifer Wicks. “Consulting with an attorney is the best way to protect your rights”…