Accessibility links

Breaking News

Islamabad Arrests Blacklisted American After He Returns To Pakistan

Pakistani officials say an American citizen who previously was deported from Pakistan and blacklisted years ago has been arrested upon returning to the country.

Sarfaraz Hussain, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, said on August 6 that the country’s Federal Investigation Agency arrested Mathew Craig Barrett at an Islamabad guesthouse.

Barrett, a 33-year-old from Alabama, was arrested and deported from Pakistan in 2011 after being found in the Fateh Jang area, near a secret military research facility.

Hussain did not elaborate on Barrett’s previous arrest, but said, "If someone was blacklisted, there should have been something serious."

Barrett had lived in Pakistan for four years before he was deported. He married a Pakistani woman and had two children.

In a letter smuggled from jail in 2011 to The Guardian newspaper, Barret strongly denied he was a spy.

He claimed he was a victim of simmering tensions at the time between the U.S. and Pakistani governments.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and The Guardian

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.