Illinois man on no-fly list, stranded in Mideast

2012-10-09T13:00:00Z Illinois man on no-fly list, stranded in Mideast The Southern
October 09, 2012 1:00 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — An Islamic charity director who must return to the U.S. as a condition of federal probation says he is stranded in the Middle East because he is on the no-fly list.

Enaam Arnaout received permission from a Chicago federal judge to travel to Saudi Arabia and Jordan to visit family. The permission came after he was released from a 10-year federal prison sentence in July 2010. The 50-year-old Arnaout is a Syrian-born U.S. citizen who lives in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to defrauding donors to his charity.

Prosecutors accused him of having ties to Osama bin Laden, but Arnaout denies he raised money for terrorists.

Now Arnaout's lawyers say he can't return to the U.S. because he's on the no-fly list.

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  1. DeeJay
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    DeeJay - October 10, 2012 7:54 pm
    I wonder if this guy is on the OFAC list?
  2. Governor Number 40892-424
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    Governor Number 40892-424 - October 10, 2012 4:02 pm
    Dear Mr. Enaam Arnaout,

    It was the will of Allah that you remain in the Middle East. Sorry.

    Please remember Sir, having been found guilty of stealing by an American court, you were only sentenced to prison. Had you been convicted under Sharia Law you’d be missing a few fingers. So be careful, buddy, and may you and your herd of goats prosper and multiply.
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