LAS VEGAS (CN) – For four days, the City of North Las Vegas unconstitutionally imprisoned, strip searched and denied heart medicine to a 63-year-old director of a German export company because his name was put on a terrorist watch list “by mistake,” Mohamed Majed Chehade Refai claims in Federal Court.
Refai, who has been married to a U.S. citizen for 30 years, says an FBI agent told him his imprisonment was a mistake. He says he was arrested at McCarran International Airport, strip searched, denied medicine he needs for a heart conditions, abused while in detention, excluded from the United States and sent back to Germany.
Refai says he was traveling legally, has been married to a U.S. citizen since 1976, has three U.S. citizen children, one of them an attorney, and owns a home in Massachusetts where he has spent summers for 20 years.
He says a Massachusetts state trooper and an FBI agent admitted to his wife “that the detention of her husband had been a mistake … saying that her husband had been incorrectly put on a U.S. government watch list”.
Refai demands damages for constitutional violations, assault and battery and other charges. He is represented by Trevor Dryer with Munger Tolles & Olson and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.