ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A northern Virginia man whose deportation to Israel was reversed final week is house once more.
Immigration lawyer Patrick Taurel says Abdelhaleem Ashqar was house in Alexandria on Friday following his launch from a detention middle in Bowling Inexperienced, Virginia.
The 60-year-old just lately served 11 years in jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Final week, a choose’s order compelled immigration authorities to return him from Israel earlier than he acquired off the aircraft. Ashqar fears he can be tortured in Israel.
Taurel stated he is making an attempt to get authorities attorneys to permit Ashqar to relocate to a rustic the place he feels protected.
In 2005, Ashqar ran to succeed Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian Nationwide Authority. He completed fourth out of seven.