Singer Cat Stevens, taken off a London-to-Washington flight because his name showed up on a government "no-fly" list, has no ties to suspected terrorists, his brother said Wednesday.
Stevens, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam more than a quarter-century ago, recently made the watch list after &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/usa/2002/10/01/37556.html' target=_blank>U.S. authorities received information from multiple sources indicating he may have associations with potential terrorists, a government official said.
United Airlines Flight 919 was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Tuesday afternoon after U.S. officials who checked the passenger list learned that the singer was aboard. Federal agents met the plane and interviewed Islam.
Islam's brother and &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2001/08/21/13037.html ' target=_blank>business manager, David Gordon, said in a telephone interview that he could guarantee that Islam does not associate with possible terrorists.
"It's not true," Gordon said. "His only work, his only mind-set, is &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/11/21/39747.html ' target=_blank>humanitarian causes. He just wants to be an ambassador for peace.", reports ABC News.
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