In terror case, judge rejects inmate's mistreatment claims

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Posted: Feb 11, 2016 2:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has rejected the medical malpractice claims of a New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida.

Wesam El-Hanafi had asked Manhattan federal Judge Gregory Woods to find the U.S. government liable for failing to quickly diagnose a medical condition that can lead to blood clots.

Woods ruled Thursday after a trial last week. He found El-Hanafi's testimony credible, saying it was consistent with the testimony and records of those who treated him. But he said El-Hanafi failed to prove breach of duty by doctors who treated him after he reported pain following a 16-hour flight to the U.S. from Dubai in 2010 to face trial.

He sued the U.S. government in 2013 for $7 million.

Prosecutors say El-Hanafi supported al-Qaida from 2007 to 2009.