Conyers: Review FBI Case On Imam

January 14, 2010

Author: Ben Schmitt and Todd Spangler

Source: Detroit Free Press

While federal prosecutors were trying to protect vital evidence in a case against a group they described as Islamic extremists, U.S. Rep. John Conyers asked the U.S. Attorney General on Wednesday for a thorough investigation into the shooting death of the group's leader, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah.

Conyers, a Detroit Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the Justice Department's civil rights division to investigate whether the FBI violated First Amendment freedoms by using undercover agents in mosques and other houses of worship.

Conyers cited reports that government informants recorded incriminating statements at Abdullah's mosque before he died in a shootout with authorities during an Oct. 28 raid in Dearborn.