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CAIR Asks State Department to Allow Fla. Muslims to Return to U.S.

CAIR-logo(TAMPA, FL, 3/10/14) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on Secretary of State John Kerry to allow three permanent residents from that state to return to the United States from Russia.

In a letter to Secretary Kerry, CAIR-FL said, “the United States is unlawfully preventing three American residents, Umar Taramov, Khusen Taramov, and Khasan Taramov (“the Taramov Brothers”) from returning to the United States by making it impossible for them to board a flight from Moscow.”

Russian authorities reportedly told the brothers that “the American side” had put in a request to keep them off the flight.

Khusen Taramov was the last person to see Ibragim Todashev alive. Todashev was a Florida resident who was shot and killed in his own home by the FBI while he was unarmed after hours of interrogation. CAIR-FL has documented the deportation of other associates of Todashev who had spoken out against the FBI's killing of Todashev.

Rachel Maddow recently did a segment questioning the FBI's abusive tactics.

Last week's episode of “This American Life” brought to the public's attention many of the FBI's abuses that took place during the Ibragim Todashev investigation:.

CAIR's letter to Kerry also states:

“The Taramov brothers have not been given any reason for their inability to return home. If the U.S. government has any reason to charge or investigate any of these three individuals, it should do so through the proper venue and give them an opportunity to defend themselves against such charges in a court of law. However, preventing them from returning to the United States without due process of law constitutes grave violations of their civil rights and liberties. Instead of protecting these young U.S. residents while they traveled abroad, the government has effectively stranded them in another country.”

CAIR-FL said it will continue to monitor the situation and will file complaints with the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL).

CAIR has assisted a number of other American Muslim citizens who have been stranded overseas by government actions.

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-FL Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, hshibly@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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