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Posted at 1:09 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Va. teen detained in Kuwait sues U.S.

By Tara Bahrampour

Lawyers for a Virginia teenager detained in Kuwait and placed on a U.S. government “no-fly” list Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking a court order that would allow 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed to be deported back to the United States.

The suit, filed by lawyers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, asks for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction ordering the U.S. government to remove Mohamed from the list and allow him to reenter the United States.

Earlier this week Mohamed tried to take a United Airlines flight back to the U.S. but was barred from boarding.

The suit, which names as defendants Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Terrorist Screening Center Director Timothy Healy, and their respective agencies, alleges a violation of Mohamed’s Fourteenth Amendment right to reside in United States and to re-enter the country from abroad.

Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who moved with his family from Somalia to the United States when he was 3, was detained last month at an airport in Kuwait when he went there to renew his visa. Mohamed says he has been tortured by security agents who questioned him about his travels in Yemen and Somalia, and questioned by FBI agents about possible ties to terror suspects. No charges have been filed against him.

A hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria.

By Tara Bahrampour  | January 18, 2011; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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I am not surprised that this young man was tortured in Kuwait.

Posted by: pAULA_cOPELAND | January 18, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Aww poor little Muhammad is having travel difficulties.

Posted by: cr10 | January 18, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Was he tortured by US or Kuwaiti officers? If the latter, he should be looking to Kuwait for redress. Sorry to say, but if you are Muslim, naturalized American or not, and you travel to Yemen and Somalia it is almost guaranteed that you will be detained. It may not be right to paint such a broad brush, but I think that that is prudent action by the US government based on the amount of terrorist activity coming from those two areas.

I have a co-worker stuck in Karachi who was visiting his ill mother when his visa expired. After nearly 6 months and $25K in legal fees it looks like he will be coming back to DC, but it was an amazing goat rodeo to watch. He was fortunate to have good internet access which let him continue working remotely during this period.

Posted by: AlligatorArms | January 21, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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