Iraqi man seeks release after long immigration detainment

Attorneys for 34-year-old Farass Adnan Ali are challenging what they call his “unreasonable, prolonged” pre-deportation detention. (Courtesy: Facebook page)
Updated 11 September 2018
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Iraqi man seeks release after long immigration detainment

  • Attorneys for 34-year-old Farass Adnan Ali are challenging what they call his “unreasonable, prolonged” pre-deportation detention
  • Ali, of Rochester, has been held since his arrest in May 2017, after he allegedly lied to the FBI about his social media activity

MINNEAPOLIS: An Iraqi man who is accused of hiding his past as a member of an elite Iraqi military force is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to release him after 16 months in immigration custody.
Attorneys for 34-year-old Farass Adnan Ali are challenging what they call his “unreasonable, prolonged” pre-deportation detention, which has included seven months of solitary confinement. But the Star Tribune reports that court documents show Ali’s immigration case also intersects with an FBI counterterrorism investigation.
Ali, of Rochester, has been held since his arrest in May 2017, after he allegedly lied to the FBI about his social media activity, which included use of Facebook and an app called Viber. An FBI agent wrote in court documents that Ali’s Viber contacts included a Fallujah native who is allegedly linked to an insurgent cell behind attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces. Ali’s Facebook account includes an image of Daesh militants entering a Libyan city in 2015.
Ali hasn’t been publicly charged. His attorneys say the government hasn’t publicly invoked any national security statutes that would justify his prolonged detention.
Ali came to the US in 2014 as a refugee from Turkey. He became a lawful permanent resident in July 2015.
The FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US attorney’s office declined to comment to the Star Tribune about Ali’s case.
A federal immigration judge has refused to release Ali on bond, finding that he failed to show that he didn’t pose a danger. Ali’s attorneys say that unless a US District Court judge intervenes, he could be held at least another year.
“This is somebody who’s never committed a crime in America, he entered as a refugee, he’s got a green card and the United States is holding him for no really good reason,” said Ian Bratlie, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in Minnesota. “It’s kind of absurd and it’s harmful to people’s rights.”
According to court records, ICE officials allege that when completing immigration forms, Ali concealed his service in the Saddam Hussein regime’s elite Republican Guard and said that he had never been arrested in Iraq. But when he was seeking refugee status, he later claimed he’d once been arrested by Iraqi authorities who suspected his involvement in an explosion targeting police.
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com


13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

Members of the Tripoli Protection Force, an alliance of militias from the capital city, patrol an area south of the Libyan capital on January 18, 2019, during clashes with the Seventh Brigade group from the town of Tarhuna. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2019
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13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

  • The Libyan National Army faction said it killed Abu Talha Al-Libi, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and two other militants near the city of Sabha

BENGHAZI: Libya’s Health Ministry said fighting in the capital Tripoli between rival militias has left 13 people dead.
The ministry said late Friday that 52 people were injured in the fighting which flared up Wednesday, shattering a UN-brokered cease-fire reached in September that ended hostilities in the city.
The earlier bout of violence killed nearly 100 people.
In a statement, the ministry appealed to rival militiamen not to target ambulances and medics.
The fighting between militias allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya’s lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Qaddafi.
Al-Qaeda and Daesh have been using southern Libya as a base for attacks in Libya and neighboring countries, exploiting a security vacuum since 2011.
Meanwhile, Eastern Libyan forces have said they had killed a senior Al-Qaeda figure in southern Libya, during an operation to secure oil and gas assets and fight militants in the lawless south.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction said it killed Abu Talha Al-Libi, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and two other militants near the city of Sabha, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.
The energy-rich North African nation is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, each of which is backed by an array of militias.