Homeland Security removes Tigard man from no-fly list

Man was stranded for weeks in 2012 after traveling to Libya

Jamal Tarhuni speaks the media and supporters after his arrival at Portland International Airport Tuesday, Feb.14, 2012. (Courtesy, Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)
Jamal Tarhuni speaks the media and supporters after his arrival at Portland International Airport Tuesday, Feb.14, 2012. (Courtesy, Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)
Jamal Tarhuni receives a hug from his wife Nariman Abdusamed after his arrival in Portland. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)
Jamal Tarhuni receives a hug from his wife Nariman Abdusamed after his arrival in Portland. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon businessman stranded for weeks in 2012 when he tried to fly home after a humanitarian mission to his native Libya has been notified that he is no longer on the government’s no-fly list.

The Oregonian reports that Jamal Tarhuni of Tigard received a letter Monday from Deborah Moore of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Traveler Redress Inquiry Program. She says the change was based “on the totality of available information.”

Tarhuni is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in the Portland area for more than three decades. The newspaper says he traveled to Libya to distribute medical supplies for Medical Teams International.

He was stopped from boarding a flight out of Tunisia in early 2012. He says he was later questioned by the FBI about his religious beliefs and his mosque. He was finally able to fly home in mid-February 2012.

Tarhuni earlier filed a federal lawsuit challenging his inclusion on the no-fly list.

Comments are closed.