AP Exclusive: US citizen stuck in Kuwait

June 2, 2011 - 2:59 PM
Stranded Citizen

This photo provided by Aziz Nouhaili. taken in 2009 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, shows Aziz Nouhaili, right. For months, U.S. citizen Nouhaili has been stuck in Kuwait, unable to renew his passport and return home. Embassy officials have told him he should consider himself

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A U.S. citizen who has been stuck for months in Kuwait after embassy officials confiscated his passport is asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene.

Aziz Nouhaili, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Morocco, has been unable to leave Kuwait since February, when his passport was taken. He says he was told to no longer think of himself as a citizen and that his naturalization may be revoked.

The problem apparently stems from a decades-old passport problem he had before he became a citizen.

Nouhaili's lawyer with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says all U.S. citizens enjoy a legal right to return to the United States and receive due process through the judicial system. He expects to file a federal lawsuit if the State Department does not change course.