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US pays Muslim detainee

By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles
(Filed: 01/03/2006)

An Egyptian arrested after the September 11 attacks, detained for 10 months and then deported, has been awarded £170,000 by the US government.

Ehab Elmaghraby, who ran a restaurant in Manhattan, was among dozens of Muslims detained after the outrages in New York and Washington.

He sued the government with another former detainee, a Pakistani immigrant, who is still pursuing the action.

Mr Elmaghraby, 38, was held in maximum security conditions in Brooklyn from October 2001 until August 2002. He was cleared of allegations of terrorist ties but deported in 2003 after pleading guilty to credit card fraud.

In the lawsuit, filed in 2004, the men said they were shackled, shoved into walls and punched, kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and denied adequate meals and medical care. Haeyoung Yoon, Mr Elmaghraby’s lawyer, said her client had wanted to continue with the lawsuit but settled because he was ill and faced mounting medical costs.

"Despite the fact that the US admitted no wrongdoing, they are compensating Mr Elmaghraby for the injuries he suffered," she added.