Al-Kidd, formerly known as Lavoni T. Kidd before his conversion to Islam, has been under tight restrictions since then, requiring him to live with his wife and her family in Las Vegas, and restricting his travel to a four-state area including Nevada, California, Idaho and Washington – all so he could be available to testify at the trial. But the trial’s over now – and Al-Kidd never was called to testify.
His attorney, federal public defender Dick Rubin, has filed a motion to drop the restrictions on Al-Kidd, who was never charged with any crime. “I think they went too far, for too long a period of time,” he said.
Federal authorities initially thought Al-Kidd was leaving with a $5,000, one-way, first-class ticket to Saudi Arabia, but it turned out to be a $1,700, round-trip coach ticket with an open return date. Al-Kidd said he was traveling to the kingdom on a scholarship to study Islamic law for a year.
Rubin said, “Certainly the end of the case ought to bring about the end of the conditions.”