Muslims Petition Homeland Security to Investigate CA Imam's Arrest

December 28, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,1886945.story

On December 28, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Members of the Muslim community, including the family of a jailed Islamic leader who has been held at a federal detention facility since Nov. 4, met Monday with Rep. Christopher Cox to protest alleged violations of due process by immigration officials. About two dozen community members delivered a petition signed by more than 1,000 people and asked Cox, a Newport Beach Republican who is chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, to investigate the case of Wagdy Mohamed Ghoneim, an Egyptian immigrant who serves as an imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County. Ghoneim was arrested at his Anaheim home and has been held at a federal detention facility in San Pedro on suspicion of being in the country illegally. His attorneys have said he had a valid visa. A bond hearing is scheduled for today."