Friday, June 17, 2016

USA: Man who shot a Meriden Ahmadiyya mosque gets 6 months in federal prison


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Connecticut Chapter, had urged the court to consider no prison term at all for Hakey, given his efforts to apologize to and learn from the mosque community.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: New Haven Register
By Anna Bisaro | June 17, 2016

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HARTFORD -- A man who fired rifle shots towards a Meriden mosque in the hours following the terror attacks in Paris last year, was sentenced Friday to six months in federal prison, with credit for time served, followed by a period of three years of supervised release.

Ted Hakey, Jr., 48, of Meriden, appeared before U.S. District Judge Michael Shea apologetic and remorseful for his actions and said he wanted to dedicate his life to educating others about the Islamic faith.

“I didn’t have hatred for Muslims, I had hatred for terrorists, but the lines started to become blurred,” Hakey said of his decision to fire shots at the Baitul Aman Mosque on Main Street in Meriden in the early morning hours of Nov. 15. “I have come to learn that terrorists do not follow Islam.”

In addition to the sentence, Hakey was ordered to pay $5,130 to the mosque. He was ordered to self-surrender to the bureau of prisons on Aug. 15.
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Hakey has been free on a $400,000 bond and reportedly apologized to the Baitul Aman community in early April.

Mohammed Querishi, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Connecticut Chapter, spoke on behalf of the mosque community and said he believed that Hakey’s apologies were heartfelt and sincere.

Querishi urged the court to consider no prison term at all for Hakey, given his efforts to apologize to and learn from the mosque community. Querishi said Hakey has helped in a recent Twitter campaign to promote peaceful practices of Muslims since his apology.

“Healing is more important than unnecessary retribution,” Querishi said, adding that the mosque’s community values forgiveness and maintaining peaceful relations.



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