Friday, August 21, 2009

Outrageous negligence: First US fumbled case against would be terrorist, then lost deportation trial

Megahed continues to smile.

No - not the metal group: "Megadeath". This creep:

Judge rejects U.S. bid to deport Egyptian
An immigration judge on Friday rejected the federal government's attempt to deport an Egyptian immigrant who had been acquitted on charges of illegally possessing and transporting explosives.

The government has until Monday to decide whether to appeal, according Charles Kuck, the attorney for Youssef Megahed, a student at the University of South Florida. The government did not have an immediate comment after the judge's ruling.

Megahed has been detained for almost five months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, in a politically explosive case that has pitted national security claims against charges of profiling and discrimination against Muslims.

Megahed came to the United States from Egypt in 1998 as a legal immigrant, when he was 12. His problems started two years ago when, as a university engineering student, he went on a road trip with a new friend, Ahmed Mohamed.

The men were pulled over for speeding near Charleston, South Carolina.

Police said a search of their vehicle turned up PVC pipe with potassium nitrate inside, along with a detonator cord that was inside one of Mohamed's bags.

The government said the materials were "low explosives." Mohamed said they were materials for homemade model rockets.

Megahed said he did not know that the materials were in the car.

Just like Ayers, who admitted to his terrorist actions but was let go on technicality, so does this guy - who had irrefutable evidence stacked against him - gets a free pass.

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