Columbus CAIR on teen runaway Fathima Rifqa Bary in Orlando listen09/04/09 Seán Kinane
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Yesterday, a judge in Orlando issued a gag order to attorneys in the case of an Ohio teen who ran away to Orlando. Seventeen-year-old Fathima Rifqa Bary converted from Islam to an evangelical branch of Christianity and claimed that she feared her Muslim parents would kill her. But in court yesterday, before the gag order, an attorney for her mother said that a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation was “very favorable” and had “no evidence whatsoever” that there was abuse or threats by the parents, according to the St. Petersburg Times. WMNF spoke today with the attorney, Roger Weeden, but because of the judge’s gag order he was not able to be interviewed or to confirm the Times’ account.
Babak Darvish is the executive director of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “I don’t see anything that would be like any sort of present danger.”