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Deportees to Somalia spent days shackled on plane that was detoured back to U.S., attorney says

December 9, 2017

In what has been called a bizarre turn of events, a plane bound for Somalia carrying deportees, including two Twin Cities men, returned to the United States on Friday, landing in Miami.

One of the passengers told his St. Paul attorney that the plane ran out of food, the bathrooms were too full to be used and that, overall, he and the other passengers remained shackled for a total of 46 hours before the plane returned to the United States.

Immigration lawyer Kim Hunter said her client, Abdoulmalik Ibrahim, called her collect Sunday and told her about the flight that had originated in Louisiana on Thursday.

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