Feds Still Hold Imam Who Overstayed His Visa

Posted on May 31, 2007

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

By KAY CAMPBELL, The HuntsvilleTimes Faith & Values Editor

The religious leader of the Alabama Islamic Education Center in Huntsville, arrested April 19 for a visa overstay, is still in federal custody in Louisiana in what his attorney calls an injustice.

“He just wants to go back to his wife and children (in London),” said G.R. Mahmood, a lawyer specializing in international and immigration law, speaking from his Birmingham office Wednesday. “For no fault of his own, he is paying a terrible price.”

Imam Mohammad Razavi was arrested in his office on South Memorial Parkway. Razavi had papers to show he was following the advice of an immigration lawyer in California to obtain a religious worker’s visa. The U.S. immigration office had notified him that his application was being processed without indicating any irregularities.

Mahmood said when immigration officials matched the records and realized Razavi had not entered the U.S. on a type of visa that allows an application for a religious worker’s visa, Razavi should have been warned to leave the country on his own before he was arrested.

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1. Please click here to read the whole article from the Huntsvile Times.

2. Please click here to read of the previous efforts by Imam Razavi to bring Sunni and Shiah Muslims together in Huntsville, Alabama.

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