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Claims by a former Gregg County Jail inmate that his Islamic faith was violated have been settled locally and await a Dec. 29 announcement he has settled his dispute with two federal agencies — but the settlement will not cost Gregg County.

A federal judge will have to sign off on any pending deal before it is official.

Mohammad Moosa Yahya sued Gregg County, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, six of his deputies and two federal law enforcement agencies in March. He claimed in the federal lawsuit that he was denied meal accommodations during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which that year coincided with his stint in the Gregg County Jail in the summer of 2014.


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