Arab group: Insufficient evidence against leader

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT The nation's leading Arab-American advocacy group says an independent probe finds insufficient evidence that its Michigan office's ex-leader sexually harassed women.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said Friday the third-party investigation couldn't conclusively determine allegations against Imad Hamad. He was suspended this year as the group awaited the report's findings.

ADC legal director Abed Ayoub tells the Detroit Free Press he will lead Michigan's office and Hamad will serve as an adviser.

Hamad's attorney Shereef Akeel tells The Associated Press his client cooperated with investigators and is ready to move forward.

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib was among those alleging harassment by Hamad - in her case when she was a staffer in 1998. The Detroit Democrat says she's "shocked" and is discussing options with women who say they've had similar experiences.

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