Nevada: Vegas neighbors lose fight against Islamic cemetery near residential communities

via Neighbors lose fight against proposed Islamic cemetery – www.ktnv.com.

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Neighbors have lost their fight against a proposed Islamic cemetery not far from McCarran International Airport.

On Wednesday, Clark County commissioners allowed plans for the project to move forward, despite widespread opposition from people who live nearby.

The empty plot near Warm Springs and Bermuda roads is partially surrounded by homes, one of the big reasons why neighbors say the space should not become an Islamic funeral home and cemetery.

“The main concern has always been that a cemetery doesn’t fit in our neighborhood,” said one resident.

Plans call for up to 1,200 plots to serve the area’s Muslim community. Signs are posted throughout the neighborhood opposing the project.

“I have no prejudice against any religion or any denomination but I just don’t feel this residential area is a proper location,” said neighbor Tim O’Reilly.

The site is not far from an Islamic school and mosque. The county’s planning commission already approved the project but neighbors lined up to appeal the decision. They expressed concerns about property values, contaminated water and possible flooding.

“It would be appalling and gruesome to have any bodies washed away and this would be devastating to their families,” said neighbor Michelle Almassy.

Commissioners unanimously denied the appeal, allowing the project to move forward.

“I don’t have a justifiable reason to say no, other than the fact that obviously a lot of neighbors would prefer it be put in a different and separate area,” said commissioner Steve Sisolak.

Sisolak said the land’s current zoning allows for a cemetery.

The applicant said Muslims have few burial options in the valley that meet the needs of their faith.

“I will build them a cemetery that will improve the value of houses and land in that neighborhood,” said Dr. Osama Haikal.

Dr. Haikal said he’ll agree to conditions to address traffic and parking. He said a lack of understanding is fueling neighbors’ fears, “I have done everything imaginable to make sure that none of them will hurt.”

Commissioners approved the plans with roughly two dozen conditions. Organizers hope to have the project completed in about a year.


More and quite a different tone:

According to Dr Aslam Abdullah, director of the Islamic Society of Nevada, the opposition by the residents was a result of a theological problem. “We don’t have a place. We need a place. But we don’t want a place at the expense of our neighbors,” Abdullah said.

Abdullah also said that an earlier effort by a different group to build a Muslim cemetery in the northeast valley in 2012 ended with a fire at the construction site, which he believes was intentionally set and considers it as a hate crime since the cause of the fire was never determined.


We know that more often than not such purported “hate crimes” are committed by Muslims.

While it might be zoned for a cemetery, it’s a very residential area.

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If the Islamic society in Vegas is anything like the one in Kansas City, and follows the Koran, it won’t be pretty. Read the account of one woman and how even Muslim women are treated right here in the good ole USA: Islamic Society of Kansas City Leaders Yell and Force Hijab on Non-Muslim Women.

Nevada: 35 Years for Saudi Muslim Sergeant Who Raped 13-Year Old Boy in Las Vegas Hotel

via 35 Years in Prison for Saudi Airman in Vegas Child Rape Case – ABC News.

A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the courtroom floor as the boy’s mother sobbed that her son’s life was ruined and Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley imposed the mandatory sentence for sexual assault with a minor under the age of 14.

Alotaibi didn’t testify at trial in October 2013, and he didn’t speak Wednesday. With time already served, he will be 57 before he is first eligible for parole.

“This idea that you can come in here and … do the things you want and then you get to leave, and ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ is wrong,” prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said. “That’s all about show. It’s not real life.”

“It should really be, ‘What happens here could make you stay here a long time,'” she said. “If you come here and you commit crimes and you rape our kids, you’re going to pay for it.”

Defense attorney Dominic Gentile said he intends to appeal Alotaibi’s conviction and sentence.

The judge spared the former air force mechanic additional sentences of life with the possibility of parole for his convictions on kidnapping and lewdness with a child under 14.

The judge ran sentences concurrently, including one to 10 years for burglary resulting from a jury finding that Alotaibi entered a building with intent to commit a crime. Combined, all charges could have added another 66 years to Alotaibi’s minimum prison time.

“You want to talk about a life sentence?” Bluth asked. She asked Miley to string sentences back to back to ensure Alotaibi would never get out. “What about (the boy’s) life?”

Bluth used the boy’s nickname. The Associated Press is withholding his name and his mother’s name to avoid identifying a victim of a sex crime. The boy is now 15 and lives with his family in California.

Alotaibi came to the U.S. for military training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

The defense attorney said he intends to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court for a new trial, arguing that Alotaibi was badly represented by Chairez.

Reached by telephone, Chairez defended his work as “excellent.” He said he also discussed appeal strategy with Gentile.

“For Mr. Alotaibi’s sake, I hope this is one of the grounds that will be successful and the court grants him a new trial,” Chairez said.

Gentile, a prominent Nevada criminal defense and constitutional lawyer and adjunct law school professor, said he’ll also argue that world events made it impossible for Alotaibi to get a fair trial.

“Mazen Alotaibi is an Arab Muslim,” Gentile said. “I don’t believe he can get a fair trial in America today because of overwhelming bias and prejudice.”

Nevada: Saudi Muslim found guilty of raping boy, 13, at Vegas hotel

via Mazen Alotaibi found guilty of raping boy, 13, at Vegas hotel | Mail Online.

A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant faces a minimum mandatory 35 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty of raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel last New Year’s Eve.

Defendant Mazen Alotaibi, 24, remained seated, clenching his jaw but showing no outward emotion as the verdict was read in Nevada state court yesterday.

Sentencing for the 24-year-old Royal Saudi Air Force mechanic, who had been in the U.S. for military training, is set for Dec. 16.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley could sentence him to prison for life.

The jury of nine women and three men found Alotaibi guilty of sexual assault with a minor for forcing oral and anal sex on the boy in the bathroom of a sixth-floor room at the Circus Circus hotel, and lewdness with a child for fondling and kissing the boy on the way to the room.

Alotaibi decided not to testify in his defense.

Jurors instead saw a 70-minute videotaped police interview in which Alotaibi told detectives the boy offered sex for marijuana or money.

After several minutes of denials, Alotaibi acknowledged to police that he engaged in sex with the boy.

The Associated Press is withholding the boy’s name because of his age and the nature of the case.

Nevada state law says a child under 16 can’t give consent. But Alotaibi’s lawyer, Don Chairez, said Alotaibi was too intoxicated after drinking all night at a strip club to know if he was doing anything wrong.

Chairez spoke with jurors after the verdict and said outside court that he will appeal.

Jurors heard five days of testimony and spent just five hours deliberating.

Alotaibi had been charged with nine felonies, but was found guilty of six felonies and one misdemeanor.

The jury acquitted him of two lewdness counts that were offered as lesser alternatives to the two most serious counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14.

Alotaibi was convicted of two other counts of lewdness with a child under 14 and one count of kidnapping, which each carry a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

He was also found guilty of felony burglary for entering a building with intent to commit a crime, and of misdemeanor coercion.

The boy testified that he was waiting to go to breakfast with a friend when he approached Alotaibi and other men early Dec. 31 in a hallway at the Circus Circus because he smelled marijuana on their clothes and wanted pot.

The jury heard that other men who lounged and smoked in the room shooed the boy away after learning that he was 13.

Alotaibi followed the boy, out of the room, smoked marijuana with him outside the hotel, and asked the boy for sex, according to the boy’s account.

Alotaibi was seen on elevator surveillance video leaning down and apparently kissing the boy’s neck on their way back to the hotel room. The boy is seen running back to the elevator about 30 minutes later.

The boy testified that in the hotel room bathroom, Alotaibi blocked the door, offered him $150 and then doubled the amount, and forced him into oral and anal sex.

A man who was traveling with Alotaibi testified that he knocked several times on the locked bathroom door while Alotaibi and the boy were inside, but they didn’t come out.

Bluth told the jury that Alotaibi wanted sex and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Alotaibi rejected a plea deal before trial that could have gotten him a possible sentence of probation or up to 80 years in prison for pleading guilty to two charges each of felony attempted sexual assault and attempted lewdness.

The boy testified last week that he was ‘freaked out’ and didn’t know how to escape when Alotaibi made sexual advances toward him before raping him.

‘It felt like I was trapped in a corner,’ the boy said about the encounter at Circus Circus, his voice growing so quiet as he recounted the details that attorneys repeatedly told him to speak up.

‘I was freaked out and I wanted to leave, but I didn’t know what to do.’

Saudi Arabia operates under Sharia, or Islamic law, and punishes homosexuality, or sodomy, with sentences of corporal and capital punishment.

Saudi law also bans the consumption of alcohol. Those found guilty of drinking liquor could face anything from several weeks to several months in jail.

Alotaibi was being held on more than $1.7 million bail.

And just yesterday we posted this, Missouri: 2 “Middle Eastern” military trainees try to abduct 12-year-old girl for sex.

Nevada: Teen boy testifies about being raped by Saudi Muslim at Las Vegas hotel

He lured the teen boy to his hotel room promising some pot then cash. via News from The Associated Press.

Mazen Alotaibi

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 14-year-old California boy testified Monday that he was “freaked out” when a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant made sexual advances toward him in a Las Vegas casino on New Year’s Eve, but he couldn’t figure out how to get away before the man sexually assaulted and raped him on a hotel bathroom floor.

The account came Monday, as Mazen Alotaibi (MAH’-zen ah-loh-TAH’-bee), 24, stands trial in Clark County district court on nine counts, including kidnapping, sexual assault and lewdness with a child. He’s being held on more than $1.7 million bail and could face life in prison if convicted.

“It felt like I was trapped in a corner,” the boy said about the encounter at Circus Circus, his voice getting so quiet as he recounted details of the incident that attorneys repeatedly told him to speak up. “I was freaked out and I wanted to leave, but I didn’t know what to do.”

The Associated Press is not naming the boy, who was 13 at the time of the alleged crime, because he is a minor.

The boy said he was killing time while waiting for a friend to join him on a doughnut run when he met Alotaibi. The air force sergeant had bloodshot eyes and smelled of marijuana, the teen said, and he ended up following the man to a room on promises of getting pot for himself.

Shortly after, the boy said, Alotaibi offered to pay him money for sex, and he verbally agreed to the offer in hopes of tricking the man and running away before anything happened.

It was in the hotel room that Alotaibi shut the boy up into the bathroom, offering him $150 and then even more before forcing himself on the teen, according to the boy’s account.

The boy said he ran off and reported the rape to hotel security, fearing that he may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

Alotaibi’s lawyer, Don Chairez, questioned the boy about why he didn’t bite, scratch or hit the sergeant during the encounter. He also pointed out that the teen has given different stories to different people – he told detectives he’d been dragged into the room, but now says he went willingly.

“I made up part of story so I wouldn’t get in trouble with my parents” over the marijuana, he explained Monday.

Chairez has argued that Alotaibi, who was in the U.S. for military training, was tired and intoxicated after traveling to Las Vegas from Los Angeles and staying up all night drinking cognac at a strip club. He also was too limited in English and too unfamiliar with U.S. law to waive his right to have a lawyer with him while he answered police questions, the lawyer said.

Alotaibi, sitting handcuffed in a police interview room, never asked for a translator and appeared at the beginning of the 70-minute videotaped interview to waive his right to have a lawyer present. He also said he didn’t understand why he was there.

Police reported collecting DNA evidence from a used condom and a soiled towel found in the bathroom. The prosecutor said DNA swabbed from the boy’s neck, ear, chest and other body parts was consistent with two people, including Alotaibi.

Chairez has said the DNA evidence was inconclusive and showed no link to Mazen.

And the rest of the Saudi’s who may have participated in the alleged crime were all allowed to leave the country.

Nevada: Saudi sergeant who raped 13-year-old boy in Vegas hotel rejects plea deal

via Saudi airman rejects plea deal in Vegas child rape – Las Vegas Sun News.

A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant rejected a plea deal in a child rape case Thursday, after which a video was played in court of him telling police he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Mazen Alotaibi, 24, appeared in Nevada state court and refused to plead guilty to reduced charges of attempted sexual assault and attempted lewdness. Instead he will go to trial in October and face multiple felony charges including kidnapping, lewdness with a child under the age of 14, sexually motivated coercion and sexual assault of a minor.

Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held at Clark County Jail on $1.7 million bail. He could spend the rest of his life in state prison if convicted.

In the video, Alotaibi told police he encountered the boy in the hallway of Circus Circus early Dec. 31. He said the boy wanted marijuana and offered to exchange sex for money.

“I didn’t force him,” Alotaibi told police. “He wanted weed. He wanted money. You have to understand my situation. I drank too much.”

The video was aired during a hearing on a bid by Alotaibi’s lawyer, Don Chairez, to get Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley to throw out the confession as improperly obtained.

Before the hearing, with an Arabic interpreter providing translation, Miley asked if Alotaibi was sure he wanted to reject an offer from prosecutors that would spare him trial if he pleaded guilty. Under the deal, Alotaibi would have faced anywhere from probation to up to 80 years in prison.

The judge said she would rule in coming days on whether the police interview and a 70-plus page transcript can be used as evidence when the case goes to trial Oct. 7.

Chairez argued that Alotaibi was too drunk, too sleepy and too limited in English proficiency to waive his right to have a lawyer present while answering police questions.

“He was unfamiliar with the right to remain silent, with the right to an attorney,” Chairez said. “These are critical concepts to be understood before waiving rights.”

Alotaibi, sitting handcuffed in a police interview room, never asked for a translator and appeared at the beginning of the 70-minute videotaped interview to waive his right to have a lawyer present. He also said that he didn’t understand why he was there.

After several minutes of denials, Alotaibi said he was with the boy in the bathroom of the hotel room. The room had been rented by other Saudi military members who have since returned to their country. They won’t appear as witnesses at trial.

“I know you had sex with that boy,” Pool told Alotaibi. “Did you force him or did he want to?”

“He wanted to,” Alotaibi responded. “He just said, `Pay me.'”

Nevada state law says children under 16 cannot give consent, no matter the circumstances.

A Circus Circus security officer, Jose Haros, testified Thursday that Alotaibi didn’t appear intoxicated when he was arrested in the room about 9:30 a.m.

Casino security videos also aired during Thursday’s hearing showed Alotaibi and the boy together in the hallways and on an elevator before the encounter in the room.

Prosecutors James Sweetin and Mary Kay Holthus argued that Alotaibi didn’t look intoxicated or impaired.

As we posted previously:

According to a Las Vegas police report, Alotaibi was on the sixth floor of the hotel about 7:30 a.m. when he pulled the boy into his room. Three other men were in the room smoking marijuana, the report said.

The boy told police that none of the men spoke English.

Alotaibi later told police he offered the boy money for sex, and when he refused, he raped the boy, the report said.

He first denied allegations, but later admitted he “put his penis in his mouth for just a couple of seconds” and his penis “accidentally” went into the boy’s rectum.

The boy was able to leave the room as Alotaibi was getting dressed. He told hotel security about the incident and was taken to University Medical Center for treatment and testing by a sexual assault nurse.

And the accomplices to the crime were allowed to leave the country?

If a Muslim [blanked], would the media mention it?

If a Muslim shot and killed three people in a broad daylight shooting spree in California, would the media mention it?

February 19, 2013 |Ali Syed identified as shooter in Orange County, California shooting spree that killed three (link scrubbed, new link added) – Ali Syed’s Southern California shooting spree: 3 victims identified

If a Muslim doctor lured a 9-month pregnant woman through a Craigslist ad in Ohio then drugged, raped, killer her and her unborn child then abused her corpse, would the media mention it?

February 22, 2013 | Dr. Ali Salim Raped, Killed Pregnant Woman, Sought More Victims

If a Muslim was the primary suspect in a shooting on the Las Vegas strip that killed three people, would the media mention it? And would the media stop using the his full Muslim name after blogs pointed out his apparent conversion to Islam?

February 23, 2013 | Las Vegas shooting suspect named: Ammar Asim Faruq Harris

If a Muslim – a prominent imam no less, told Muslims at a Virginia high school they must be first in line for armed jihad, would the media mention it?

February 22, 2013 | Virginia imam tells Muslims to wake up, promotes armed jihad (video)

If a Muslim shot, decapitated, cut the hands off of and burned two Christian men in New Jersey, would the media mention it?

February 13, 2013 | Gruesome double murder, men decapitated

Reporting must be better outside the U.S., right?

If a mob of Muslim kids bullied a nine-year-old boy in Britain so mercilessly that he hung himself, would the media mention it?

February 24, 2013 | Aaron, 9, ‘bullied to death for being white’ Family blames Asian yobs for suicide

If Muslims killed 16 people and injured more than 100 car bombing a cinema and a bus terminal in India, would the media mention it?

February 23, 2013 | India: Terrorist attack kills 16 in Hyderabad

If Muslims torched and looted more than 200 Hindu homes in West Bengal, would the media even report it?

February 21, 2013 | a near-complete media blackout and distressing silence from statutory bodies like the National Human Rights Commission

These are just a few of the incidents from the last week.

And finally, if Barrack Hussein Obama ordered the U.S. State Department to issue a “worldwide caution” to all U.S. citizens about potential terror threats, would that document include the words jihad, Muslim or Islam?

February 21, 2013 | Obama’s State Dept Issues 2000-plus word Terror Alert, refuse to use words Islam, Jihad or Muslim

Update: Daniel Pipes wrote in a similar vein a few days ago via Jihad or Criminality?

Comments: Because the media, law enforcement, and elected officials are so reluctant to give out information about the attackers’ religion, much less their motives, it’s basically impossible to tell from the outside if they represent a wave of jihadi attacks by Islamists or are just a bunch of criminals who happen to be Muslim, or a bit of both. (For documentation of this pattern, see both my article “http://www.danielpipes.org/2396/denying-islamist-terrorismwww.danielpipes.org/2396/denying-islamist-terrorism” and the follow-up blog, “More Incidents of Denying Islamist Terrorism.”) The most the media will concede is in the Ibrahim case, that “Privately some wonder if it had something to do with the victims’ [Christian] religion.” When will journalists, police, and politicians end their efforts to hide key information that the public needs and deserves? (February 24, 2013)

Feb. 25, 2013 update: This blog prompted readers to send other recent cases of Muslim-on-non-Muslim violence:

Sep. 8, 2011: As Justin Hall, 32, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was about to board a Greyhound bus in Springfield, Mo., Mohamed H. Dawod, 25, of Glendale, Ariz., shot him in the back. Dawod tried to fire more shots but his pistol, a .22-cal. semi-automatic, jammed, at which point other passengers subdued him. The attack appeared to be unprovoked. Police are seeking a motive. They charged Dawod with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting.

It leaves one wondering how many other cases are out there that are never reported anywhere.

Update: Several days after this post, a similar post appeared at IBD.com on March 1, Jihad? What Jihad? Media Shrug At Islamic Threat

Vegas judge sets bail for Saudi Air Force sergeant accused of child rape

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Bail for an accused child rapist from another country? via Saudi Air Force sergeant accused of child rape in Las Vegas | Reuters.

Jan 18 (Reuters) – A Saudi Air Force sergeant in the United States for training has been arrested on child sexual assault charges over accusations he raped a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas hotel, and bail was set on Friday at just over $1.2 million, authorities said.

Mazen Alotaibi is accused of raping the boy on New Year’s Eve at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where both Alotaibi and the boy were guests, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said that Alotaibi, 23, had been visiting Las Vegas while temporarily stationed at Lackland Air Force base in Texas.

The man’s defense lawyer said his client had been in Las Vegas with a group of Saudi military friends ahead of the impending end of his U.S. training, and had spent the hours before the incident drinking.

“He was two weeks from graduating. He came to Las Vegas to celebrate. It was New Year’s Eve,” the attorney, Don Chairez, told Reuters, complaining that Alotaibi was intoxicated when he was interrogated by police and that he admitted he may have had sexual contact with the boy only under aggressive questioning.

“There is no evidence my client dragged this kid to the hotel room,” Chairez said, adding that the boy had approached the Saudi group looking to buy marijuana. “They repeatedly tried to get rid of him.”

A court clerk said that bail was set for Alotaibi at more than $1.2 million on Friday on charges including child sexual assault and coercion.

Las Vegas media reported that the judge ordered that Alotaibi surrender his passport and remain in the United States if he posts bail. He could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, his lawyer said.

 He was granted bail? Will the Saudi’s bail him out? Will he disappear like the bin Laden family members did after 9/11?

From the original report, Saudi sergeant arrested, admits raping 13-year old boy in Las Vegas hotel:

The boy told police that none of the men spoke English.

Alotaibi later told police he offered the boy money for sex, and when he refused, he raped the boy, the report said.

The boy was able to leave the room as Alotaibi was getting dressed. He told hotel security about the incident and was taken to University Medical Center for treatment and testing by a sexual assault nurse.

The exam confirmed sexual trauma, the report said.

The boy was visiting Las Vegas with a relative and did not know Alotaibi, said police Lt. Dan McGrath.

“We have a very strong case based on the victim’s statements and evidence at the scene,” he said.

Alotaibi told police he was drinking Hennessy all night and was drunk when he met the boy. He first denied allegations, but later admitted he “put his penis in his mouth for just a couple of seconds” and his penis “accidentally” went into the boy’s rectum.

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