Judge: Post-9/11 arrests get trial

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 6:40 PM

BOISE -- A federal judge says an Idaho jury will decide whether the government misused a law designed to ensure key witnesses show up for trial to target Muslim men after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Thursday evening's ruling from U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Boise enacts a recommendation made by a magistrate earlier this year. It's a win for former Idaho man Abdullah al-Kidd, who has been embroiled in a lawsuit against the government for seven years, contending his arrest as a material witness in 2003 was simply a way for the FBI to keep him locked up while it investigated him for any potential crimes.

Lodge agreed that al-Kidd was falsely imprisoned. He said a jury should decide if the government's motives for the arrest were pure.

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