Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

North Africa

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

North Africa

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Student Sues FBI Agent, Hilton Hotels

Egyptian student Abdallah Higazy--who was wrongly accused of possessing an aviation radio in a hotel room overlooking the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001--has filed a $20 million lawsuit against FBI Special Agent Michael Templeton, according to a Dec. 13 report on Law.com. Higazy charges that Templeton coerced a false confession by threatening to contact Egyptian security services and make life for Higazy's family in Egypt a "living hell."

Higazy spent 31 days in solitary confinement from mid-December 2001 until midJanuary 2002, and was freed only after Hilton security guard Ronald Ferry admitted he had lied to FBI agents about finding the radio in Higazy's hotel room. Higazy's suit also names Hilton Hotels, ex-guard Ferry and his supervisor Stuart Yule, who allegedly supported Ferry's version of events despite being told Ferry had "made the facts fit the case." Seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages, Higazy says he also wants one thing from the U. …

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