Student jailed without food, water reaches $5.2m settlement with US government
SAN DIEGO (REUTERS) - A California university student who was left handcuffed in a federal holding cell for nearly 5 days without food or water has reached a US$4.1 million (S$5.2 million) settlement with the United States (US) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), his lawyers said on Tuesday.
Mr Daniel Chong, who was rounded up along with eight other people in an April 21, 2012, drug raid at a San Diego area home, has said that he was forced to drink his own urine and nearly died after being placed in the cell and apparently forgotten.
After the ordeal, the 24-year-old student of the University of California, San Diego, spent five days in a San Diego hospital, three of them in intensive care.
Last year, he filed a US$20 million claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, against the DEA.