The operators of a shuttered halal meat processing facility in Perth Amboy can move ahead with their lawsuit charging that city and county officials shut down the plant because the owners are Muslim, a federal judge has ruled.

American Halal Live Poultry and its owner Wahid Abdul, filed the federal lawsuit earlier this year charging that that inspectors violated their constitutional rights and enforced regulations in a discriminatory fashion because they are Muslim. The defendants include the city, Middlesex County and nine code enforcement officials as well as unnamed police officers.

In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge William J. Martini ruled that Abdul and his company could amend their original complaint but denied their request for a preliminary injunction.

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