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Barring of Muslim flawed, court says

July 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

U.S. officials should have given a scholar a chance to show he was no supporter of terrorism before barring him from the country, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Professor Tariq Ramadan had his U.S. visa revoked in 2004 as he was about to take a tenured teaching job at the University of Notre Dame. His subsequent applications for a new visa were denied on the grounds that he had donated $1,336 to a charity that gave money to Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said the government should have given him a chance to prove he didn't know his money would go to Hamas.

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