Cat Stevens to take legal action after bar from US

Yusuf Islam, the British musician formally known as Cat Stevens, has declared that he will take legal action after the US denied him entry to the country earlier this week. On Tuesday, the FBI discovered that Islam was on a terrorism "watch list" and diverted his incoming flight from London to Maine. It was then insisted that he leave. In a press release issued on his website, Islam said:

The amazing thing is that I was not given (and have still not been given) any explanation whatsoever as to what it is I am accused of, or why I am now deemed an apparent security threat - let alone given an opportunity to respond to these allegations. I was simply told that the order had come from 'on high'.

We have now initiated a legal process to try to find out exactly what is going on, and to take all necessary steps to undo the very serious, and wholly unfounded, injustice which I have suffered.

I am a man of peace and denounce all forms of terrorism and injustice; it is simply outrageous for the U.S. authorities to suggest otherwise. I have dedicated my life to promoting peace and understanding throughout the world. It would be devastating were the charity work I do through my humanitarian relief organisation, Small Kindness, which helps countless children and families, and which is accredited by the United Nations, to be undermined by what has happened.
Cat Stevens abandoned his music career in the late 1970's after converting to Islam and changing his name. BBC News has more.

 

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