Uphill fight for man claiming abuse by FBI agents

By By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit by a U.S. citizen who claims that FBI agents were responsible for falsely imprisoning him for several months in Africa appears to face an uphill battle.

At a hearing Wednesday on the government's motion to dismiss the case, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan suggested that the suit would have a hard time surviving under recent appeals court precedents. But Sullivan said his ruling would come later.

Amir Meshal filed the lawsuit in 2009, claiming that after he left Somalia for neighboring Kenya, FBI agents interrogated him and accused him of receiving training from al-Qaida.

The suit says that U.S. officials consented to sending him back to Somalia and eventually to Ethiopia, where he was imprisoned in secret for several months.

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