Reykjavik City, Iceland (IINA) - A 'popular and respected' Muslim school teacher from Wales, the United Kingdom, has been denied entry to the United States while on a trip to New York with students, although he has a valid visa for travel.
Juhel Miah and a group from Llangatwg Comprehensive in Aberdulais, Neath Port Talbot, South Wales, were traveling from Iceland when he was kicked off the plane at Reykjavik on February 16. A spokesman for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council said the trip proceeded as planned but pupils and colleagues were left 'shocked and distressed' after Miah was escorted from the aircraft by security personnel, Mail Online News reported.
The council has written to the US Embassy in London to express its dismay at the treatment of one of its employees and said it understood that Miah was refused permission by the US authorities to fly to New York, despite being issued with a valid visa for travel.
The group had already been to Iceland and were heading on the second leg of their trip. The spokesman said: 'We are appalled by the treatment of Miah and are demanding an explanation. 'The matter has also been raised with our local member of parliament.
'No adequate reason has been provided for refusing entry to the United States - either at the airport in Iceland or subsequently at the US Embassy in Reykjavik. 'Miah attempted to visit the embassy but was denied access to the building.
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Source: International Islamic News Agency