Sidney won’t disrupt Muslim graves

SIDNEY (AP) – The Town of Sidney is dropping plans to take legal action forcing a Muslim community to shut down its tiny graveyard, according to a letter sent by the town attorney Wednesday.

Tom Schimmerling, lawyer for the 30-member Sufi community, said he received a letter from Sidney town attorney Joseph Ermeti saying the town had decided not to take action.

In the letter, which Schimmerling showed to The Associated Press, Ermeti said he had researched state and local laws regarding the two burials on the Muslim community’s 50-acre farm. “This letter is to inform you that no action will be taken by the Town of Sidney in this matter,” Ermeti wrote.

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