Man Tied to '80 Killings Due in Immigration Court

DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the killing of two soldiers in 1980 is making his first appearance in immigration court.

Mahmoud Bazzi was arrested two weeks ago at his Dearborn home. He's accused of immigration violations linked to his arrival in the U.S. in the early 1990s.

The 71-year-old native of Lebanon is due in immigration court Thursday.

Bazzi isn't charged with killing Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett, two Irish soldiers who were United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon in 1980. He insists he wasn't involved, but the Irish government for years has publicly expressed suspicions about Bazzi.

Without specifically citing the allegations, the U.S. government says the U.S. won't be a "safe haven" for people suspected of torture and war crimes.


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