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NY Daily News: Man Who Made Death Threats Against CAIR Employee Gets Six Months House Arrest


Mental health is a serious issue that shouldn’t be belittled or easily dismissed but one has to question why Muslims who commit a crime of violence are almost never treated in a like manner. There are people behind bars for plotting or aiding terrorism, due to nothing more than government entrapment, who are certifiable insane and in need of “medical help,” not lengthy jail sentences.

By John Marzulli, NY Daily News

A Queens kook was sentenced Tuesday to six months of house arrest and mental treatment for sending an email threatening to kill an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Bernhard Laufer, 57, is still facing attempted murder as a hate crime charges in state court for stabbing the caretaker of the Masjid Al-Saaliheen Mosque in Flushing in 2012 after uttering an anti-Muslim epithet.

Laufer made references to the stabbing attack in the vile rants to CAIR in 2014. He was free on $200,000 bail at the time.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Laufer said in Brooklyn Federal Court. “I was not thinking logically. I need medical help.”

Judge Raymond Dearie said the one year that Laufer has spent in custody since his arrest on the federal charge was sufficient time served. But the judge expressed concern that there is no guarantee that psychiatric hospital will accept Laufer for in-patient treatment.

“I’m sure he’s not an inherently evil person, he just needs help,” Dearie said.

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    • Friend of Bosnia

      Where you’re right, you’re right.

    • Nur

      The best way for Muslims to protect themselves is to learn a martial art. It is time that Muslims understand that the western authorities are not on their side, and that they MUST have first and foremost the protection of themselves and their loved ones in mind…and be of heightened awareness.

      After you neutralize a threat is the time you can report it. It is much better for the defender if the threat is incapacitated during the police reporting.

      I am sad that this happens, but Muslims have to be honest and frank and deal with the situation as it is.

    • Reynardine

      This and the Doggett case certainly present an argument that some people’s lives are considered more equal than other people’s.

    • mindy1

      Well on the bright side, he can’t hurt anyone else, although I hope more severe penalties are coming…

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