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Acquitted Saudi Man Remains in Idaho Jail

Five weeks after his acquittal on terrorism support charges, and more than two weeks after his deportation was supposedly set, a Saudi graduate student remains in county jail. “That’s dismaying,” Sami Omar Al-Hussayen’s defense attorney, David Nevin, said Friday. “From Sami’s standpoint, you’re sitting in a little cell without any windows, you get out for a brief period once a day, and you’ve been acquitted. … He just wants to go home.” Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Southern California, said the government has run into some delays in arranging the deportation to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but Al-Hussayen should be out of the United States by the end of July. When the government announced June 30 it would drop immigration violation charges against Al-Hussayen, 34, if the University of Idaho graduate student dropped his appeal of a deportation order, Nevin said he was told Al-Hussayen would be on a plane back home in two weeks. Full Story

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