US Agrees to Pay Damages to Muslim Detained After 9/11

February 28, 2006


On February 28, 2006 reported, "The US government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle an illegal detention lawsuit brought by an Egyptian man who was among hundreds of Muslims rounded up in New York after the September 11, 2001 attacks. 'It underlines that due process and fair treatment should be reserved and protected even in times of chaos,' Alexander Reinert, the lawyer of Ehab El-Maghraby, was quoted as saying Tuesday, February 26, by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The settlement was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, but the US government stopped short of admitting any wrongdoing against the plaintiff. Despite the lack of an admission of official liability, Reinert said the settlement amounted to 'an important statement of accountability' for what happened to his client. Elmaghraby's lawsuit, which named the then US attorney general John Ashcroft as a defendant, had been filed in May 2004, along with a co-plaintiff, Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani citizen."