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Somali men shackled for nearly 48 hours on failed U.S. deportation flight, lawsuit alleges

December 20, 2017
Credit: CBC Radio Canada

Ninety-two Somali deportees were forced to sit on a plane for almost 48 hours in "completely appalling" conditions with shackles on their hands and feet, says a lawyer representing two of the men.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attempted to deport the men on Dec. 7, but the flight returned to the U.S. after sitting on a runway in Dakar, Senegal, for 23 hours — during which time some of the men urinated on themselves.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami alleges ICE agents "kicked, struck, choked and dragged detainees" during the journey. The allegations have not been proven.

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