FBI, Agent Settle With Former U of I Student For Wrongful Imprisonment

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A nearly decade-long case of alleged wrongful imprisonment has been settled, with federal officials admitting their error.

A news release indicates that the an individual FBI agent and the U.S. Government have agreed to pay Abdullah al-Kidd $385,000 and wrote, "The government acknowledges that your arrest and detention as a witness was a difficult experience for you and regrets any hardship or disruption to your life that may have resulted from your arrest and detention."

Lavoni Kidd was a football player for the University of Idaho when he converted to Islam, changing his name to Abdullah al-Kidd. He began volunteering at an Islamic charity led by a person being investigated for possible terrorism ties. In 2003, al-Kidd was pulled from a plane headed for Saudi Arabia and held in prisons in Virginia, Oklahoma and Idaho. He was released after surrendering his passport and agreeing to restricted travel conditions.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented al-Kidd in his suit against the U.S. government, which ended in this week's settlement. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out al-Kidd's lawsuit against the administration of President George Bush but his claims remained against the FBI. Today, al-Kidd teaches English to college students in Saudi Arabia.