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Attorney general to probe imam slaying

April 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM

DEARBORN, Mich., April 13 (UPI) -- Michigan's attorney general named a state prosecutor to probe the FBI's slaying of a Muslim leader because the county prosecutor declined to investigate.

Federal agents seeking to arrest Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah on suspicion of trafficking in stolen goods shot him 20 times during an Oct. 28, 2009, sting operation at a Dearborn warehouse, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News reported Tuesday.

Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Doug Baker is charged with investigating the appropriateness of the FBI's actions in the incident, John Sellek, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox, said.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she would not conduct an investigation because the FBI told her it would not give her office certain classified documents.

"It would have been irresponsible for us to (investigate) without all of the existing information," Worthy said.

The FBI, however, said it cannot close out its investigation without the local prosecutor's opinion.

Muslim and African-American leaders questioned the FBI's use of informants in the matter, but Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI office, said agents acted appropriately.

Dearborn police have been conducting their own investigation. "When Dearborn completes its investigation and shares it, we'll review it, too," Sellek said.

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