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Indicted Imam Ordered to Take Leave

An Islamic leader accused of concealing alleged ties to terrorist groups to gain U.S. citizenship was ordered by his mosque’s trustees to take a leave of absence. Imam Fawaz Mohammed Damrah was charged last week with obtaining U.S. citizenship by providing false information. The indictment alleges he was a member or had links to several groups, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and concealed those affiliations when he applied for citizenship. He has pleaded innocent and is free on $160,000 bail. If convicted, he could lose his citizenship and face up to five years in prison. Trustees of the Islamic Center of Cleveland voted Monday to place Damrah on a paid leave of absence while he defends himself. Full Story

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