Suit against imam of NY mosque heads to court

(AP) - A dispute over whether the imam who plans to build a mosque near ground zero ignored safety hazards at property he owns in

JERSEY CITY - (AP) - A dispute over whether the imam who plans to build a mosque near ground zero ignored safety hazards at property he owns in New Jersey is headed to court.

Parties in the lawsuit against Feisal Abdul Rauf are scheduled to appear Wednesday in state Superior Court.

A lawsuit filed by Union City in northern New Jersey claims Rauf ignored numerous code violations at two apartment buildings he owns.

The suit claims Rauf didn't fix 12 fire code violations the year before one building suffered a fire. It says parts of the other building have been without electricity, smoke detectors and fire alarms because Rauf's company didn't pay utility bills.

A spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday that the imam would not comment on the lawsuit.

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