Malaysian wins 'no-fly' challenge against US govt in landmark ruling
Published on Jan 15, 2014 8:41 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A US judge has sided with a woman challenging the federal government's no-fly policy and ruled that existing procedures to correct mistakes on that list do not provide adequate due process protections.
US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled Tuesday on a lawsuit brought by Ms Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian citizen. The US no-fly policy excludes individuals from commercial air travel if they are suspected of having ties to terrorism, but critics say it is practically impossible to be removed from the list once on it.
US Department of Justice spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said the government is reviewing the ruling and declined to comment further.
An attorney for Ms Ibrahim, Ms Elizabeth Pipkin, said: "Justice has finally been done for our client, an innocent woman who was ensnared in the government's flawed watch listing system."
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