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Woman Says Brooklyn Imam Threatened Her

BROOKLYN (CN) - A U.S. citizen of Egyptian heritage claims that because she rejected the marriage offer of the imam of a Brooklyn mosque, Tarek Youssuf Hassan Saleh, he "threatened her with physical harm from his associates in the terrorist organization Al Qaeda." She claims that the imam defamed her in sermons and newspaper articles in the U.S. Arab press, costing her her job as a stockbroker, causing her family and community to reject her, and threatening her with death by "honor killing" if she ever visits her family in Egypt.

The woman claims she rejected Saleh's offer of marriage because she did not want to live as he demanded, as one of his submissive four wives, and because he said he wanted to marry her to get a green card.

The plaintiff claims Saleh is imam of the Masjid Oulel-Albab mosque in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, which she also sues.

She also sues the Almahdyyeen Foundation, which is associated with the mosque, and of which she says Saleh is the chairman.

And she sues Arab Voice Newspaper, Al Zalzala, Al Hawadeth Newspaper, Walid Rabah, Fares Albasir, Yasser Shalabi, Adnan Elhoroub, which she says participated in her defamation, and the defamation and threats to a man who courted her after she rejected the imam.

She claims the imam told her that he has a cousin in al Qaeda who is "making life difficult for Americans in Afghanistan."

She is represented by Nathaniel Burney.

See complaintin King County Court.

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