No one charged over detention of Emirati man at Ohio hotel

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2016 5:32 PM

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — No one is being charged in the detention of an Emirati businessman held by police at gunpoint at an Ohio hotel after a hotel clerk raised suspicions he could have links to terrorism.

Ahmed al-Menhali (AH'-med ahl-men-HAHL'-ee) was dressed in traditional garments from the United Arab Emirates while at an Avon hotel in June. Police received emergency calls from the clerk's family expressing fears he could have ties to the Islamic State group.

Al-Menhali was released after police determined he wasn't a threat. The UAE then warned its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments abroad.

Lorain County's prosecutor reviewed the actions of those involved and says a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges.

One of al-Menhali's attorneys says he plans a lawsuit and is disappointed no one has been held responsible.