Friday, February 23, 2007
The lawsuit brought by James Policastro against the Islamic Society of Boston and the City of Boston for the City's conveyance of a parcel of land at a massively discounted price for the construction of a large mosque in exchange for glass beads and the privilege of being proselytized...has been dismissed.
Here is the message from Jessica Masse, the "ISB Interfaith Coordinator," as sent out on the Muslim American Society email list:
I have wonderful news for all of you. Today, the ISB won the decision in the law suit brought against the ISB, Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Roxbury Community College by James Policastro and others in 2004. We issued the following press release, and I've attached the judge's decision for all who are interested. Congratulations and thanks to all who have stood by the ISB during this case. The defamation and civil rights case is still in litigation (and we remain willing to participate in mediation), but this victory of justice is an important step in putting these suits behind us and refocusing on our true mission, which is serving our community and all of you.
Salam, and God bless,
ISB Interfaith Coordinator
The Islamic Society of Boston is pleased to announce that today 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."
Update: Miss Kelly comments on the decision, here.
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