Wrongly Accused Man Wants Apology

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

One of three men wrongly accused of planning a terror attack on a Michigan bridge says he plans no legal action. He says he just wants authorities to issue a public apology.

Twenty-three-year-old Louai Othman spoke yesterday at the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Dallas.

He says his bank account was closed and neighbors accuse him of being a terrorist. He said officials targeted him because of his race.

Othman says he wants a televised apology, saying, quote, "Give us our innocence back."

A spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office in Detroit did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

A federal judge in Michigan ruled Tuesday that prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to justify bringing Othman and his brother and cousin to trial on conspiracy and money laundering charges. The charges were tied to the men buying and reselling prepaid cell phones. They were cleared earlier of terror charges.


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