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.
[MEDIA NOTE: CAIR representatives will be available for media interviews following Mohamed's arrival at IAD. CONTACT: CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili, 202-646-6034, e-Mail: email@example.com]
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.
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.