Des Moines Imam’s sex abuse trial underway

Imam Spahic’s wife testified that he is a good man who has memorized the entire Koran!

Update February 17th:  Spahic found not-guilty, herevia Creeping Sharia.

Here we go again, another expensive ‘refugee’ criminal trial replete with taxpayer-funded interpreters as well!

We previously told you about the Bosnian Imam’s case here and here. This is an update ‘pungentpeppers’ found for us yesterday.

And, if you are interested in how all those Bosnian Muslims got to Iowa, check out Bill Clinton and his meatpacker friends here.*

From the Des Moines Register:

A Polk County District Court judge halted questioning over a sex abuse accuser’s mental health Wednesday during a Des Moines Islamic leader’s trial.

Two women, a mother and her 18-year-old daughter, who allege they were touched inappropriately by imam Nermin Spahic, 41, during a healing ritual testified in court on Wednesday.


The two women who have accused Spahic were among a string of witnesses who testified on the third day of the trial, including Spahic’s wife. Throughout testimony, Spahic sat with his attorneys and an interpreter, taking notes on a notepad.

During her testimony, the 18-year-old woman’s mother told jurors she was “in shock” after her encounter with Spahic.

More refugee mental health problems?

The woman, who came to the United States from Bosnia with her husband and daughter in 1997, said she took her daughter to see Spahic at the Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak in Des Moines. The woman wanted the imam to pray over her daughter to help relieve her of severe mood swings and problems with cutting herself. However, she and her daughter were not regular members of the mosque and had never met Spahic.

So instead of praying at the mosque, the Imam was invited home where the women learned it was necessary to get naked in order to find those pesky spirits.

In a 9 p.m. ritual at the apartment the woman and her daughter shared in Johnston, Spahic allegedly had the 18-year-old woman lie nude on her bed while he rubbed cumin oil onto her skin. Spahic’s defense attorney has said the ceremony in Bosnian Islamic tradition is designed to locate “evil spirits” in a person’s body.

Spahic touched the 18-year-old woman’s genital area, breasts and buttocks during the ritual, she said in court Wednesday. Spahic asked her if she was “calm” during the ritual and she lied to the imam in hopes of ending the ritual, she told jurors.

“I only lied and said that so he would get out of my room,” she said.

The mother testified through an interpreter that once Spahic finished the ritual with her daughter, he asked her to participate as well.

And, since her daughter was so traumatized the Mom said, sure let me try it!  Read on!

A police officer who grew up in Bosnia testified that he had never heard of such a ritual.  There is something very fishy about this whole thing.  Or, am I mistaken and this is one of those beautiful things ethnic diversity brought to “welcoming” Polk County, Iowa.

It has entertainment value, I suppose, if it weren’t for the cost this trial dumps on the local taxpayers!

* Question for Wyoming?  Do you need cheap labor this badly?

Bulgaria update: African migrants and police clash in Sofia

The African migrants flooding into Israel want to stay there, but Africans overwhelming Bulgaria are there attempting to get through the tiny country and into more prosperous German, French and British cities.   The European Union, however, requires that they register at their first stop in Europe (in this case Bulgaria where the Turkish government must have let them move through Turkey!).   The policy thus sets up the very thing that happened here last month.

Standoff between police and African migrants in Sofia.

Most mainstream media accounts want to promote the idea that poor persecuted Syrians are being abused by Bulgaria, but why so little attention to the thousands of Africans getting all the way to Bulgaria?  As a reader, I would like to know how they are traveling to that country and where they get the money to do it.

From France24:

A series of videos surreptitiously filmed from the window of a refugee centre in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia last month shows a standoff between police and dozens of African migrants, who had been kicked out of the centre for staying there without permission. The men chant “racists, racists” at the police before being taken into custody. The scene captures how tensions are now regularly boiling over in a country grappling with a surge in asylum seekers.  [Economic migrants!—ed]


From 2011 to 2013, asylum requests have multiplied by eight-fold in Bulgaria, with over 7,000 people filing requests in the last year, according to the State Agency for Refugees. About 3,800 of them are accommodated in Bulgaria’s refugee centres; more than three-quarters of these are Syrian nationals. Another 3,700 registered asylum seekers are not accommodated at the centres. The registration process can take months, so there are also an untold number of migrants living in Bulgaria who are not accounted for in these numbers.

In the past few years, immigration both from Syria and from African countries has soared. Many are from regions that have been wracked by conflict, notably the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. Diana Daskalova, the founder of the Centre for Legal Aid, a nonprofit that helps migrants with legal issues in Bulgaria, says that about 80 percent of those who come to seek their advice are from African countries: “They have a lot more problems navigating the asylum-seeking process than Syrians, for whom it is more streamlined, and who have an easier time obtaining asylum status.” She says that in the past year, out of all the cases of Africans her organisation has worked on, only one person was granted asylum: “And it was a special case – she was a woman with serious health problems, which was a decisive factor.”


Lately, protests at Bulgarian refugee centres have become frequent, both over dire living conditions and the slow pace of the asylum process. In November, Bulgarian police quelled a protest by Algerian migrants at a centre in the town of Lyubimets. That same month, Syrian refugees threatened to go on a hunger strike at a centre in Harmanli, in south-eastern Bulgaria.

The United Nation’s refugee agency recently urged European countries to hold off on returning any asylum seekers to Bulgaria – which they have the right to do if it is the first country they entered in the European Union – citing problems with registration delays as well as access to food and health care.

We hear Turkey has some beautiful refugee camps—-send them there!  Add a little diversity! It will bring strength to those camps!

We have been following the plight of poor Bulgaria for months (click here for our complete archive).

Welcoming counties! Are you ready to provide foreign language interpreters?

Please pay attention Wyoming!  Do you have a plan for your county courts?

Continuing on a theme we have been mentioning lately thanks to reader ‘pungentpeppers’ interest (and ours!) in the issue, “welcoming” counties can now add to their social service budgets (in addition to welfare of all sorts, medical care and subsidized housing), the cost of interpreters for the myriad languages refugees are bringing to your cities and towns.

Martha Thawnghmung, executive director of the Burma Center said it is difficult to interpret the Burmese language because there are so many “cultural backgrounds.”
We saw that in the Esar Met murder trial in Utah recently.

Below is a story from Calhoun County, Michigan, (Michigan is one of the top refugee resettlement states) about their plan for how to cope.  There is a little wishful thinking about how to collect the cost of the interpreter service from the foreign-language speaker in need of it, but as that old saying goes, you can’t get blood from a turnip!

From the Battle Creek Enquirer:

Until Thursday, Calhoun County courts lacked a plan to help those who don’t speak fluent English understand what is happening in court proceedings.

Now the county’s courts comply with state rules after a Language Access Plan was approved by the state.

Last week state administrators approved the Calhoun County Courts Language Access Plan. The plan is to help limited English proficient people, defined as anyone whose primary language is not English or has a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English.

Court interpreters not just for criminal cases anymore:

The LAP is supposed to help the court identify those who need interpreters for court proceedings. Those who may need help can choose from “I speak …” cards in 12 languages to help officials figure out which interpreter to call.

Language assistance resources for in and out of the courtroom will be provided as well as forms and documents and service referrals.

The court is responsible for training judges and court staff and coordinating with county clerks to help those who lack English proficiency to receive services.

“I think it’ll be a definite improvement in this application to civil cases,” said Jeff Albaugh, county court administrator. “Courts were required to provide language interpreters for parties, the defendants and witnesses in criminal matters, so really what this has done is it has expanded that into the civil litigation area.”

For now (and always!) the county will be stuck with the bill!

Albaugh said in the past the average cost for an interpreter has been $250 [an hour?—ed].  Albaugh said the courts are trying to get reimbursement for the interpreters but he also knows many service recipients can’t afford the costs. He said for now, the county will be stuck with the bill.

Photo is from this story about Calhoun County’s Burma Center.