Michigan Man Gets Shot at Asylum 16 Years Later

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government has agreed to reopen the case of a man from war-torn Yugoslavia who is facing deportation after 16 years because he was 40 minutes late to an immigration hearing in Detroit.

A lawyer for Anton Camaj (KAHM'-eye) said Tuesday that the Justice Department is willing to let him argue he deserves political asylum.

The decision was made before an appeals court on Monday said it wouldn't intervene, even though it believes Camaj suffered a "miscarriage of justice."

In 1995, Camaj was 40 minutes late to an immigration hearing because he was confused about the location. A judge dismissed the case just six minutes before his arrival.

The appeals court says Camaj was a victim of the strict rules in immigration court. He lives in Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb.

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