SALT LAKE CITY — The leader of a Salt Lake mosque and his family finally were able to leave Kenya, but his much-anticipated arrival in Utah is again delayed by flight restrictions and they now are waiting at LAX for permission to return to their home here.
Imam Yusuf Abdi, a U.S. citizen since 2010, tried to fly his wife and children home to Salt Lake on Tuesday, but he was stopped in Kenya.
While Abdi was stuck in Kenya, members of the Utah based Refugee Justice League teamed with the Coalition on American-Islamic Relations and prepared emergency legal action in U.S. District Court for Utah, moving against several federal agencies.
A motion filed with the lawsuit demanded Abdi’s return home, and for a time on Saturday, there were hopes that he could be back in time to lead his congregation, the Madina Masjid, for the most important last nights of the holy month of Ramadan.
Abdi’s family was issued tickets to fly into Los Angeles, but Abdi was again separated from them in Kenya and forced to take a later flight, passing through Qatar.
Eventually Abdi was able to reunite with his family on Saturday, but he …
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