Two Middle Eastern immigrants will file a federal lawsuit Monday alleging they were locked in solitary confinement, beaten and verbally abused at a Brooklyn detention center following the Sept. 11 attacks.
The lawsuit will be filed by Javaid Iqbal, a former cable technician who lived on Long Island, and Ehab Elmaghraby, a former restaurateur who lived in Queens. The men allege that federal agents apprehended them on suspicion of terrorist ties and held them for months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, which was cited for brutal treatment of detainees in a report last year by the Justice Department Inspector General.
Iqbal and Elmaghraby, both 37, allege they were shackled, shoved into walls, punched and called "Muslim bastards" and other epithets. They also say they were kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and denied adequate meals and medical care, The New York Times reported Monday.
"I was in life and I went to hell," Elmaghraby told the Times.
The men were eventually cleared of terrorist ties but were deported to their homelands after pleading guilty to minor federal criminal charges. Iqbal, who admitted having false papers and bogus checks, now lives in Pakistan; Elmaghraby, who pleaded guilty to credit card fraud, lives in Egypt.
The Times did not specify what damages the lawsuit would seek...