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Case study: Gulet Mohamed
Over the past two years, CAIR has handled a number of cases of American Muslim citizens being denied re-entry to their own country.
In the first days of 2011, the family of a young Muslim man from Virginia called CAIR because they were worried that their brother and son, 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed, was detained in Kuwait and being questioned there by the FBI.
On January 6, CAIR held a press conference with members of Gulet’s family to bring public scrutiny to the case and to appeal for his return.
American officials confirmed that Gulet had been placed on a no-fly list and therefore could not return to the United States. Gulet said he was tortured while in detention and faced coercion to answer questions by FBI agents who ignored his repeated requests for legal representation.
On January 18, CAIR filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking a court order that would allow Gulet to return to the United States.
The lawsuit stated in part: “The United States is depriving Mr. Mohamed of perhaps the most basic prerogative of American citizenship: the right to be in the United States. This is patently unconstitutional, and it is up to this Court to bring Gulet Mohamed -- an American citizen -- back to his country.”
A few days later, Gulet was allowed to return home.
CAIR: Va. Muslim on No-Fly List Returning to U.S.
Gulet Mohamed scheduled to arrive at IAD Friday morning
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/20/11) –- On Friday, January 21, attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will meet a Virginia Muslim teenager at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) when he arrives on a flight from Kuwait.
Gulet Mohamed of Alexandria, Va., is scheduled to travel on United Airlines flight 981, due to arrive at 6:47 a.m. on Friday.
SEE: Va. Teen Detained in Kuwait on His Way Back to US
Mohamed, who was previously prevented from boarding a flight to the United States, has alleged that he was tortured while in detention in Kuwait and has faced unconstitutional coercion to answer questions by FBI agents who ignored his repeated requests for legal representation.
“We welcome the apparent resolution of this one no-fly list case, but our government must address the broader issue of American citizens being denied the constitutional right to return to the United States,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Earlier this week, CAIR filed a lawsuit against the government alleging violation of Mohamed’s Fourteenth Amendment right to reside in the United States and to re-enter the country from abroad.
SEE: CAIR Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief
Lawyers Press for Return of 'No-Fly' US Teen Stranded in Kuwait
Video: CAIR Fighting to Have Gulet Mohamed Come Home
Video: Virginia Muslim Teen Stuck Overseas (CAIR)