Muslim Organization Seeks Return of Va. Man Stuck in Egypt

A Muslim civil rights group and the family of a Virginia man stuck for weeks in Egypt are calling on the U.S. government to let him return home.

(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

June 16, 2010

A Muslim civil rights group and the family of a Virginia man stuck for weeks in Egypt are calling on the U.S. government to let him return home.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says 26-year-old Yahya Wehelie (yah-yah we-HEEL'-ee) was interrogated aggressively by FBI agents in Cairo and placed on a no-fly list. He and his 19-year-old brother, Yusuf, apparently attracted FBI attention after a long stay in Yemen.

Their mother, Shamsa Noor, said Wednesday that she sent her sons to Yemen to learn Arabic and get some direction in their lives. She says she feels guilty that she is one who sent them there.

Government agents allowed Yusuf, who says he was chained to a wall at an Egyptian police facility for several days, to return to the U.S. But his brother was not allowed to come back.


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