German Man Sues After Arrest at Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A German businessman of Syrian descent has sued federal and city law enforcement officials, alleging they
mistreated him after a December 2006 arrest at the Las Vegas
airport.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Nevada on behalf of Majed Chehade, It alleges that agents unlawfully detained him as he was travelling to see his daughter in California.

He claims he was held at North Las Vegas detention center for three nights, subjected to a strip search and asked to report on "anti-American" activities in his home country.

The suit names an Immigration and Customs agent, the city of North Las Vegas and the North Las Vegas Police Department.

None of the defendents would comment on the lawsuit.

Immigration and Customs spokeswoman Virginia Kice says the agency is committed to the health and welfare of those in custody.

Chehade's wife and three children are U.S. citizens, and Chehade has owned a home in Massachusetts for 20 years, the lawsuit said.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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