via Suspect in mosque arson could be in country illegally | ajc.com, hat tip Atlas Shrugs who has more on the fake anti-Muslim crimes.
A Muslim man charged with setting fire to a Marietta mosque may be in the country illegally, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday.
Tamsir Mendy, 26, a native of Gambia, has been charged with first-degree arson and is being held without bail at the Cobb County detention center, said Scott Tucker, Marietta assistant fire chief.
Federal authorities have placed an “ICE detainer” on Mendy — meaning he will be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation after his case is adjudicated, said Cobb sheriff’s department spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford.
Mendy emerged as a suspect during an investigation by the Marietta Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials, Tucker said. He was taken into custody at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Fire Department headquarters. There are currently no other suspects, Tucker said.
Officials said accelerants were used in the fire, but they would not elaborate on any of the evidence found during the investigation, or on any possible motives.
Investigators have ruled out the possibility that the arson was a hate crime.
In addition to questioning members of the mosque, investigators were also questioning members of an adjacent mosque nearby. A land disagreement almost three years ago divided the members into two factions.
What Muslim factions are fighting in Georgia? Google shows 20+ mosques in the Atlanta, GA area! From their website, it looks like the local Muslim group was bamboozled by terror-linked ICNA over some real estate.
Also in Marietta: A Georgia middle school’s lesson on Islam
And about those crime stats: Anti-Muslim crimes drop again in 2008, anti-Jew/Christian crimes increased