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Detained Muslim Students Headed to Different Hospital for Training

September 16, 2002|From Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. — A Miami hospital says it no longer wants the three Muslim medical students who were detained for 17 hours after a woman said she overheard them discussing terrorism plans. The men later said the incident was simply a misunderstanding.

The head of Larkin Community Hospital said Sunday that he had received more than 200 e-mails since the incident, some threatening.

"Obviously, nothing is final," Dr. Jack Michel said. "Our primary objective is to take care of patients. I don't know how that could be done with all this media coverage."

He said the school where the men are studying, Ross University, had agreed to transfer them to a different training program.

Kambiz Butt, 25, said Sunday that he and Ayman Gheith, 27, and Omar Choudhary, 23, simply want to clear their names and continue their education in America.

"We are not terrorists," Butt said, flanked by Gheith and Choudhary. "Our concern in life is to become doctors. We want to help people. We do not want to hurt."

Butt also said that they harbor no resentment toward the woman who told authorities she overheard them discussing terrorism plans.

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