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Va. Man Stuck in Egypt On No-Fly List Coming to US

Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 12:24 PM

 

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A Virginia man whose travels to Yemen landed him on the U.S. no-fly list and left him stuck in the Middle East for months will be allowed to return to the U.S.

Twenty-six-year-old Yahya Wehelie (weh-HEEL-ee) of Burke has been stuck in Egypt for more than two months but is now expected to arrive in New York Friday afternoon.

FBI agents had been questioning him about his time in Yemen. He went there almost two years ago at his parents' urging to study Arabic.

Wehelie says he doesn't know why U.S. officials reversed course, but he holds no ill will about the investigation.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, had taken up Wehelie's cause and questioned how Muslim citizens could be barred from returning to the country without due process.

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