Arabic translation leads to hate crime charges in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Prosecutors have upgraded charges against two southwest suburban men who allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs as they attacked a woman outside a Hickory Hills restaurant.

Mohammad Shaban, 35, of Hickory Hills, and Akram Alshoweat, 25, of Oak Lawn, are now charged with felony hate crime and robbery in an alleged attack on a woman June 28. Prosecutors originally had charged the men with a misdemeanor count of battery, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office said Tuesday.

"We were asked to take another look at the case," spokesman Andy Conklin said. He would not comment on who asked prosecutors to investigate further.

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