Islamic Society of Boston Wins Court Ruling

By Islamic Society of Boston- Feb 26, 2007

The Islamic Society of Boston is pleased to announce that a Massachusetts superior court judge has ruled that the lawsuit brought against the Islamic Society of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Roxbury Community College is without merit and has been dismissed. The Court ruled that the lawsuit was improperly brought by the plaintiff James Policastro and stated that if Mr. Policastro had any legitimate issue with the project, he should have participated in the multi-year public process which led to the project’s approval.

“We are very pleased that the Court put an end to the legal campaign against the Islamic Society of Boston, which is part of a greater effort by those seeking to oppose area Muslims from building a place of worship. Part of Mr. Policastro’s suit demanded that the ISB return the land and the Mosque be torn down. Now this threat is gone. It is full steam ahead now – we will see our Mosque built to completion.” Said Jessica Masse, the ISB’s inter-faith coordinator. Even with this latest legal victory, the ISB remains committed to resolving all outstanding disputes, including the civil rights and defamation claims it has brought against the David Project and others through a mediation process which promotes reconciliation.

“This Superior Court decision represents a resounding victory for all those who wish to see people of various faiths live together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and brotherhood,” added Anwar Kazmi, ISB Board member.

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