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Hip-hop concert set to help son of Muslim leader killed by FBI

Hip-hop concert set to help son of Muslim leader killed by FBI

Author: Nirak Waroloo
Publication: Freep.com
Date: December 9, 2009
URL: http://www.freep.com/article/20091209/NEWS02/91209027/1318/Hip-hop-concert-set-to-help-son-of-Muslim-leader-killed-by-FBI

A hip-hop benefit concert featuring rappers from across the U.S. is set for Thursday night in Detroit to help the son of a Muslim leader killed in a shootout in Dearborn with FBI agents.

Mujahid Carswell, one of the sons of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, is a hip-hop MC known as Mu who was part of a group of men charged last month with conspiring to deal in stolen goods. They also are accused of being a member of what federal authorities say is a radical Sunni Muslim group that promotes extremism. Abdullah was killed by federal agents on Oct. 28 in Dearborn while they were attempting to arrest him and members of his group who were allegedly involved in stolen goods.

Family members and supporters of the group say the claims are totally false, and that Abdullah was a man who helped the needy in his neighborhood.

The concert is to raise funds for the legal defense of Carswell, who was arrested in Windsor, Canada. On his Web site, it says that a legal defense fund was set up "to help Mujahid get the best legal counsel available for his federal crime case pending & to lessen the burden of his 100,000 bond fees."

"Mu and his family appreciate any help during this already hard time of grieving for his father Imam Luqman Abdullah," the Web site reads.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, Gina Balaya, said that the $100,000 bond for Carswell was an unsecured bond, which means he wasn't required to put up any money to be released. He would have to pay the $100,000 only if he failed to appear for court proceedings.

Supporters of Abdullah and some advocacy groups have called for an independent investigation in the death of Abdullah.

Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit office, has said that agents acted appropriately in the case. Federal officials have said Abdullah opened fire.

The concert is set for the Shelter and is called "Mu Today...U Tomorrow!" The event, which is to start at 9 p.m., is to feature Professor Griff of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, Paradise the Architect of X-Clan, and others.

Contact NIRAJ WARIKOO: nwarikoo@freepress.com

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