LOS ANGELES (AP) The FBI has launched an inquiry into the dealings of an Orange County grocery store owner who is allegedly the leader of a little-known radical Islamic group that’s been banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East.
Authorities say Iyad Hilal, an Islamic author and philosopher, is not suspected of any terrorist acts. But they want to know more about his activities and role in the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which means Party of Liberation….
Hilal, 56, has lived in Orange County for more than a decade and whose writings argue that Islam is not compatible with democracy. His book about Islamic law has been used in courses at universities in the Middle East and Britain.