Sunday, June 10, 2012


CAIR: San Diego Muslim Placed on No-Fly List, Stuck in Costa Rica
Civil rights group to hold news conference seeking man's return to U.S.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 6/6/12) -- On Thursday, June 7, the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a news conference to call for the return to the United States of a local Muslim who is stuck in Costa Rica after being placed on the no-fly list.
WHAT: News Conference for San Diego Muslim Stuck in Cost Rica After Being Placed on No-Fly List
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Diego Chapter, 8316 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 203, San Diego, CA 92111
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,; CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 202-742-6410, 720-251-0425, E-Mail:
The 27-year-old American-born Muslim has been studying in Costa Rica and was denied the right to board a June 5 flight to return to the United States after graduation. He was interviewed by the FBI about his political and religious affiliations and past travel, but was not given clear reasons for being placed on the no-fly list.
(NOTE: The man will attempt to board another flight to the United States on Thursday morning.)

Earlier this year, CAIR called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate acts of "coercion and intimidation" allegedly used by the FBI to pressure Muslim citizens into giving up their constitutional rights if they wished to return to the United States from overseas.
Last year, CAIR filed a lawsuit against the DOJ and the FBI seeking a court order to allow a Virginia Muslim teenager who had been detained in Kuwait and placed on a U.S. government no-fly list to return to the United States.
CAIR has assisted a number of other American Muslim citizens who have been stranded overseas by government actions.

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