Jan 19, 2011
A Northern Virginia teenager detained in Kuwait is suing the U.S. government, saying officials violated his rights by apparently placing him on the no-fly list without reason.
Gulet Mohamed, 19, claims in the suit that he was detained in Kuwait in December at the request of U.S. authorities. The lawsuit says Mohamed, an Alexandria resident, was beaten, tortured and interrogated by Kuwaiti authorities about his prior travels in Yemen and Somalia.
Mohamed was taken into custody in Kuwait when he tried to renew his visa at the Kuwait International Airport on Dec. 20. He claims in the suit that he was tortured for more than week, then taken to a deportation facility. When Mohamed tried to board a flight to the United States on Sunday, the lawsuit says, he was not allowed onto the plane.
Lawyers with the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the complaint Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria. The lawsuit names Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Terrorist Screening Center Director Timothy Healy as defendants.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:22 am