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US relatives of convicted terror trainee barred from re-entering country

[JURIST] Two relatives of Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive], who was convicted earlier this year of attending a terrorist training camp, have been prevented from re-entering the United States after a trip to Pakistan unless they submit to questioning by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website], according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. Hayat was convicted [JURIST report] in April for providing material support to terrorists by attending a terrorist camp in Pakistan. Both Muhammad Ismail and Jaber Ismail are US citizens and have not been charged with a crime, but appear on the government's "no-fly" list. The government said that the men have declined the opportunity to meet with FBI in Pakistan. An attorney for the men told the Chronicle that "they can't be compelled to waive their constitutional rights under threat of banishment."

Hamid Hayat and his father, Umer Hayat, were indicted [indictment, PDF] last year after Umer admitted that he paid for Hamid to attend the terror training camp. Umer pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in June to a charge of attempting to smuggle $28,000 in cash into Pakistan three years ago. Reuters has more.

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