I wrote a blog recently about Fathima Rifqa Bary, a Muslim girl who converted to Christianity and subsequently ran away from home fearing reprisals from here father.
There is an ongoing court case in Florida, where the girl ran to, to allow her to remain away from her family. The obvious fear is that she will be the victim of an honor killing. For those who remember the story, the mother has made statements about the father that legitimize the girls fears.
There is new information out today.
Attorney Targets Alleged Terror Ties in Case of Runaway Girl
A 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity will be in "clear and present danger" if returned to Ohio due to her parent's affiliation with an Islamic cultural center, her attorney claims.
In a 35-page memorandum filed Monday in Orange County family court, attorney John Stemberger claims Fathima Rifqa Bary, who will remain in foster care in Florida at least until a hearing on Thursday, should not be returned to the custody of her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, because of their connection to the Noor Islamic Cultural Center near Columbus, Ohio.
"The leader of the mosque, Dr. Hany Saqr, was previously an imam for another area mosque at the same time the largest known Al Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11 was operating out of the mosque," the document read. "Additionally, Dr. Saqr was identified in exhibits submitted by the Department of Justice in a recent terrorism finance trial in Texas as being one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America — an international organization responsible for birthing virtually every Islamic terrorist organization in the world, including Al Qaeda."
The center also is affiliated with Dr. Salah Sultan, a "cleric alleged photographed with terrorist leaders designated as such by the U.S. government," according to the document, and frequently hosts "extremist speakers" who have allegedly made statements supporting violence and terrorism.
Stemberger also claims the Noor Center has been "directly tied" to an ongoing probe into Somali-American youths who fled the U.S. to train in terror camps operated by the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terror organization.
While we do have to be careful calling the father a terrorist, we do not have that evidence as of yet, he has at the very least given the appearance of associating with people with terroristic ties.
Bottom line terrorist or not the man has a clear link, according to this article, to extremist Islamic figures.
As I said in my original post, how much more evidence does the judge in this case need?