NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a New York-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida says the U.S. government owes financial damages for failing to quickly diagnose his injuries after his arrest. A federal prosecutor says the man was treated adequately.
The attorneys made their arguments in an unusual trial before a judge in Manhattan federal court Friday.
The case arose after Wesam El-Hanafi (WAH'-suhm el-HAN'-awf-ee) was arrested in April 2010 in Dubai, where he was earning $200,000 annually in computer security for a financial firm. He sued the U.S. government in 2013, saying it was liable for malpractice for failing to diagnose his deep vein thrombosis until it was too late.
He's seeking $7 million for medical care and for the loss of future wages.
He pleaded guilty to supporting al-Qaida.