(COLUMBUS, OH, 6/15/04) - On Wednesday, June 16, the Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will hold a news conference in reaction to the arrest of Nuradin Abdi, a Columbus Muslim who was indicted Monday on four counts of conspiring to provide support for Al-Qaeda.

The news conference will take place following the conclusion of Nuradin's bond hearing on Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio.

WHERE: U.S. Federal Courthouse, 85 Marconi Blvd., Columbus, Ohio WHEN: Following conclusion of bond hearing (Hearing at 1:30 pm)

"Given previous cases involving American Muslims in which evidence proved to be faulty or non-existent, we are concerned about the strength of the charges against Mr. Abdi," said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan.

Humeidan cited the cases of Army Chaplain James Yee and Oregon attorney Brandon Mayfield. Both men were cleared of all charges following extensive damage to their reputations.

There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Ohio. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.