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Arrested Muslim Leaders Reach Settlement With US Airways

ArabDetroit.com, Posted: Oct 28, 2009

DETROITSix Muslim religious leaders, who were removed from a US Airways flight in Minnesota and arrested in 2006 for alleged suspicious behavior on the plane, recently received a settlement for their lawsuit against the airline company, reports ArabDetroit.com.

The settlement of this case is a clear victory for justice and civil rights over fear and the phenomenon of 'flying while Muslim in the post-9/11 era, said Council on American Islamic Relations National Executive Director Nihad Awad. The religious leaders had been heard speaking and praying in Arabic and were subsequently taken off the plane, then arrested.

In the settlement, U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery noted that the imams were subjected to "extreme fear and humiliation of being falsely identified as dangerous terrorists."

According to the terms of the settlement, the six religious leaders will receive an undisclosed amount in compensation for the incident, and that the case was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.



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