The Beacon Journal - Dec 14, 2005
Ashraf al-Jailani deported to Yemen
KENT, OHIO: Ashraf al-Jailani is back in his native Yemen, living with his father, according to the former Kent resident's lawyer.
Al-Jailani, 42, gave up his fight of more than three years to stay in the country last week after the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia denied his request for an emergency stay of his deportation order.
Mike Gilhooly, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said ICE had ``enforced the removal.''
He said al-Jailani was taken by bus from the Pike County, Pa., jail to New York's JFK Airport. Gilhooly said al-Jailani arrived in Yemen Tuesday.
After both al-Jailani and ICE agents went through Yemeni immigration inspection, the agents lost contact with him, Gilhooly said.
Al-Jailani had been detained after being picked up in October 2002, when the government accused him of plotting to blow up GOJO Industries, where al-Jailani worked.
The government's terror case was rejected by every court that heard it. There is concern that the terror allegations could lead to al-Jailani being detained by suspicious Yemeni officials in what one court described as ``inhumane'' conditions.
He was deported because of a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction