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    Long-Jailed Buena Park Man Freed

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    Long-Jailed Buena Park Man Freed
    The U.S., still insisting Islamic charity worker has terror ties, fails to get court to block a judge's order to let him go after two years of detention.

    By H.G. Reza
    Times Staff Writer

    August 1, 2006

    In another setback for the U.S. government, a Buena Park man was released Monday from an immigration detention facility after being held more than two years for allegedly having ties to terrorism.

    "No words can describe how I'm feeling right now," Abdel Jabbar Hamdan said shortly after 9:30 p.m. as he left the Terminal Island federal detention facility in San Pedro with his wife and five children. "I'm ecstatic."

    It was the third time since Thursday that a court has blocked legal maneuvers by Justice Department officials to keep Hamdan locked up while he appeals a deportation order.

    ACLU attorney Ranjana Natarajan said she was assured by government lawyers that they planned no further appeals.

    "Mr. Hamdan is elated and grateful that this is over," Natarajan said. "He wants to go home to his family." Hamdan is the father of six U.S.-born children.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an eleventh-hour attempt to block a ruling by a federal judge who ordered Hamdan released "forthwith" on Friday.

    The appellate court's denial of the government's request to overrule U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. was issued in three sentences, also concluding that Hamdan should be released "forthwith."

    Justice Department officials could not be reached for comment. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, however, released a statement indicating that Hamdan would be required to comply with an electronic monitoring program requiring him to be at home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily and stay within a 50-mile radius of his home. The Homeland Security and Justice departments, the statement said, "will continue the vigorous effort to remove" him from the United States.

    "Both the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals have previously held that Mr. Hamdan is deportable and subject to mandatory detention," the statement said.

    The 9th Circuit Court's ruling ended a day of legal maneuvering by the government to keep Hamdan locked up.

    Earlier, a frustrated Hatter, who had seen his previous order ignored, threatened to hold Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in contempt.

    The agency runs the jail at Terminal Island where Hamdan was locked up.

    Hatter had ordered Chertoff to release Hamdan by 5 p.m. Monday or appear in his Los Angeles courtroom at 11 a.m. today "to show cause, if you have any, why you should not be held in contempt." Last week Hatter twice ordered Hamdan released, most recently Friday after denying a government request to reconsider.

    Homeland Security officials had defended their decision not to release Hamdan on the grounds that government lawyers in Washington planned to file an emergency request to block Hatter's order.

    The government's brief asking for the stay was filed late Monday and quickly rejected.

    Hamdan, 45, was accused of having ties to terrorism but charged with overstaying a tourist visa he received 27 years ago. An immigration judge ordered him deported to Jordan.

    He has appealed, and the case is pending.

    The government alleged, in its 10-page brief filed Monday, that releasing Hamdan while he contested deportation would have foreign policy repercussions for the United States.

    Before his arrest July 28, 2004, Hamdan worked for the Holy Land Foundation, an Islamic charity shut down by U.S. officials in December 2001 for allegedly raising money for Hamas, a Palestinian organization the U.S. has designated as terrorist.

    The charity's top officers were charged with terrorism-related crimes and freed on their own recognizance by a Texas federal judge who said the government had failed to prove they were security threats or flight risks.

    Hamdan was charged with violating immigration law and had been held without bond as a national security threat.

    On Monday, the government again insisted that Hamdan had "engaged in terrorist activity."

    "His release would run counter to continuous concerns about and action concerning terrorist funding interdiction and would signal to our allies in those interdiction efforts that the U.S. permits its terrorist fundraisers to remain at large," the government brief said. "Adverse foreign policy ramifications could flow from the perception that the U.S. cannot keep alien fundraisers detained pending removal."

    Hamdan's lawyers had anticipated the government's move and filed a response before seeing its brief. The attorneys noted that U.S. officials never alleged that the Holy Land officials charged with terrorism-related crimes were dangers to national security.
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    Hamdan, 45, was accused of having ties to terrorism but charged with overstaying a tourist visa he received 27 years ago. An immigration judge ordered him deported to Jordan.

    He has appealed, and the case is pending.
    This needs to stop. If they have been proven guilty of being here illegally, they shouldn't have the right to appeal anything. The only right they should have is whether they get water or milk on the flight back.

    This stuff makes me so damn angry!!!!
    "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results is the definition of insanity. " Albert Einstein.

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