Wrongfully Detained Muslim American Wins Right to Trial

HeadlineOct 04, 2012

A Muslim-American man who was wrongfully detained after the 9/11 attacks has won the right to be tried. Abdullah al-Kidd was jailed for 15 nights under the federal material witness statute before being released. During his ordeal, he was repeatedly strip-searched and left naked in his cell. A federal appeals court later ruled then-Attorney General John Ashcroft circumvented the Constitution after the 9/11 attacks to hold al-Kidd and other innocent men without charge. On Friday, a federal judge ruled al-Kidd was wrongly imprisoned and is entitled to challenge the government’s misuse of the law in court.

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