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Immigration hearing for man linked to UN deaths

Created: 08/11/2014 9:21 AM
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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man suspected in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeepers in 1980 is due for a hearing in immigration court.

Mahmoud Bazzi's first appearance was postponed to give him time to hire a lawyer. He's expected in court Monday.

The native of Lebanon was arrested in Dearborn in July. He's accused of immigration violations related to his arrival in the U.S. in the 1990s.

Bazzi isn't charged with killing Irish soldiers Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett in Lebanon decades ago. He insists he wasn't involved. But the Irish government has expressed strong suspicions about Bazzi.

Former Associated Press reporter Steve Hindy and former Irish soldier John O'Mahony say the U.S. government has asked them to be available if necessary. They say they were kidnapped with the slain soldiers.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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