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Buffalo Mosque religious leader sentenced to 3 years in prison for religious hate speech

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A Buffalo mosque religious leader has been sentenced to three years in jail for religious hatred speech, local media reported.

The Islamic Society of St. Cloud mosque on Buffalo’s west side was fined $50,000 last year after allegedly sending hate mail to local residents.

The mosque had previously been cited for violating the state’s anti-discrimination law.

In May, the mosque sent a letter to the city of Buffalo calling for the removal of the local flag.

The letter, titled “Imprisoning a Mosque,” warned that if the city did not comply with the mosque’s demands, “your flag would be replaced with the symbol of Islam, the same as that of ISIS and Hamas, who are the enemy of the State of Wisconsin.”

The letter was later deleted.

The state attorney general’s office said it would be up to the Buffalo City Council to decide whether to issue a formal notice of intent to prosecute.

The mosque did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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