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The criminal past of developer who wants to build mosque at Ground Zero

Revealed: The criminal past of developer who wants to build mosque at Ground Zero By MAIL FOREIGN SERVICE 1st September 2010

The developer hoping to build a mosque near to the site of the September 11 attacks has a string of criminal convictions, it has emerged. Sharif El-Gamal, a muslim, heads a property investment firm that owns the New York building where the $100 million (£65m) Islamic centre would open. But the 37-year-old has a chequered past.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 1990, driving while intoxicated in 1992 and attempted petit larceny (theft) in 1993. The following year he was arrested on a charge of patronising a prostitute, which was pleaded down to disorderly conduct.

He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an arrest in 1998 for petit larceny, which was dropped to possession of stolen property, and after an arrest in 1999 for trespassing. In 2006, El-Gamal was sued by a tenant who said the developer had roughed him up in a rent dispute. El-Gamal denied the claims, arguing that the tenant had attacked him.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1307774/Ground-Zero-mosque-developer-Sharif-El-Gamals-criminal-past-revealed.html#ixzz0yK0ui58V

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