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.