Detroit,MI: Muslim Imam Found Guilty of Raping 3 Young Girls
A Muslim leader convicted of raping three young girls in Detroit is to be sentenced Wednesday in a case that features a constitutional debate over whether women who wear an Islamic face veil should be allowed to testify with it on.
The case deals with two potentially conflicting freedoms protected under the U.S. Constitution — freedom of religion and the right of accusers to confront witnesses in court.
Mohammad Masroor, 51, was found guilty by a Wayne County jury on May 2 of 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct in 2000 against three female relatives, ages 10, 12, and 13 at the time of the assaults. His attorney maintains the imam didn’t get a fair trial because some of his witnesses testified wearing a niqab, an Islamic face veil that covers up a woman’s entire head except for a narrow…
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