US gov't appeals over Palestinian's citizenship

September 21, 2006 06:55


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The Bush administration has appealed a US judge's ruling granting a petition for citizenship to a Palestinian man who the government has claimed has terrorist ties. The appeal comes two months after US District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled Aiad Barakat, 45, of Arcadia, California, should become a citizen. The judge said Barakat did not lack good moral character and his application should never have been denied. The Justice Department filed its notice of appeal on Sept. 14 without giving a reason for the action. Authorities had refused citizenship to Barakat because of his alleged terrorist links, saying Barakat lied about ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical offshoot of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Barakat was detained in 1987, along with six other Palestinians and a Kenyan in a case that became known as the "L.A. Eight," but charges were never filed. Immigrant rights groups said the case was politically motivated.

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