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Ear to the Ground

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

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Posted on Feb 28, 2006
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From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

Ehab Elmaghraby in Alexandria, Egypt, in April 2004. Elmaghraby, detained after 9/11, said he settled his lawsuit reluctantly.

N.Y. Times: The federal government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who was among dozens of Muslim men swept up in the New York area after 9/11, held for months in a federal detention center in Brooklyn and deported after being cleared of links to terrorism.

The settlement, filed in federal court late yesterday, is the first the government has made in a number of lawsuits charging that noncitizens were abused and their constitutional rights violated in detentions after the terror attacks.

It removes one of two plaintiffs from a case in which a federal judge ruled last fall that former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other top government officials must answer questions under oath. Government lawyers filed an appeal of that ruling on Friday.

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