Islamic Scholar Indicted on Charges of Sex Abuse, Battery | NBC Chicago

Islamic Scholar Indicted on Charges of Sex Abuse, Battery

Mohammad Abdullah Saleem remains free after posting bond



    (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    A Cook County grand jury on Wednesday handed down an eight-count indictment against a prominent religious leader on charges of sex abuse and battery of a female school employee.

    Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, appeared in a Rolling Meadows courtroom filled with his supporters. The prominent Islamic scholar head of the popular Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin posted a $25,000 bond last month and remains free.

    His attorneys, Raymond Wigell and Uma Rashid, entered a plea of not guilty.

    "My client is holding up quite well," said Wigell. "This is a big stress on him. He is a 75-year-old man. We are not in a hurry with this case. We want to do it right, but the judge is holding our feet to the fire and making us do work in an expeditious manner."

    Indictment Pursued Against Islamic School Head

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    The attorney for Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, a prominent religious leader accused of sexual assault, said he expects a grand jury to return an indictment against the head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school. NBC Chicago's Tammy Leitner reports.
    (Published Tuesday, March 10, 2015)

    Saleem also faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the case. His next court date was scheduled for May 19. 

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