Family Of Ahmed Mohamed, Teen Accused Of Making Hoax Bomb, Demand $15 Million Compensation

Posted: Nov 24 2015, 7:05am CST | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

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You remember Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old former student of MacArthur High School who was detained by the police in Irving on charges that he brought a homemade bomb to school. This later turned out to be a clock the teen constructed. Well, his family is now demanding for $15 million and public apology from city officials to stave off a civil rights case.

His family lawyers, Laney and Bollinger, threaten civil action unless City Hall and Irving ISD issue public apologies and pay $15 million to compensate the family – because, his lawyers claim, the incident was targeted at smearing the image of Ahmed as a budding terrorist and making him a target for anti-Muslim fanatics.

A letter to this effect has been dispatched to City Hall and Irving ISD, attorney Kelly Hollingsworth particularly wrote that Mayor Beth Van Duyne intentionally lied about Ahmed and his family, a deed that now happens to endanger the family – causing them to flee the country.

Several claims were made in the letter, and some of them touched on the fact that police questioned Ahmed illegally with his parents absent; that his school principal threatened to expel him unless he admitted the clock was a hoax bomb; that school officials fed Ahmed to the media even after police had dropped all charges; and that school officials pressured Ahmed’s parents for the release of his school records on the basis that the child must have been lying to the public.

“Mayor Van Duyne did not explain where she got Ahmed’s private educational information,” the letter reads. “Nor did she assert any justification for her choice to release it to an audience that is paranoid about the ‘final confrontation’ between ‘Islamists’ and ‘Americans.’”

Although Ahmed later became an instant celebrity after he was vindicated from the charges, he later went on to honor invitations to meet with world leaders and celebrities and even went on a world tour before being the guest of US President Obama. He thereafter accepted a scholarship to school in Qatar, and his entire family left the US together to Qatar in a move lawyers said was to avoid attacks upon the young boy and his family.

“Ahmed fears for his physical safety after receiving many threatening emails,” reads the letter. “When they feel safe again, all of them want more than anything to come home, to Irving, Texas.”

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