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Family of Detroit mosque leader loses appeal over shooting

Feb 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The family of a Detroit mosque leader shot 20 times by FBI agents has failed to persuade a federal court to reinstate a lawsuit against the government.

Luqman Abdullah

An appeals court this week upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the estate of Luqman Abdullah. The decision centers on a technical point: The court says a three-year deadline to sue was missed.

  Abdullah was killed when agents tried to arrest him at a Dearborn warehouse in 2009. He and his allies were accused of dealing stolen goods in an FBI sting operation.

  The FBI says Abdullah was armed and resisted arrest.  But Abdullah's family claims he wasn't armed and that his civil rights were violated during the shooting.