Detained US Teen Gulet Mohamed Interrogated Without Counsel by FBI

Gulet Mohamed was detained and interrogated by the FBI without counsel for more than two hours, Mother Jones reports. Mohamed was returning from Kuwait, where the US teenager was held for a month and beaten and interrogated, he says. When he landed in Dulles International Airport, where his family waited anxiously, the FBI ignored his pleas for a lawyer and proceeded to intimidate and interrogate him. A call from a customs official to his lawyer, Gadeir Abbas, yielded no respite; Abbas requested to represent him but the official told him to call the FBI's 800 number and hung up the phone.

After finally being released to his family, he left in a cab without answering questions about the interrogations, under advisory from his lawyer. Mohamed has not been charged of a crime and maintains his innocence. He was reportedly detained in Kuwait because he traveled to Yemen and Somalia in 2009 to visit family and learn Arabic.

Read more at Mother Jones.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 21, 2011, 6:16am

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