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US hearing delayed for Lebanese UNIFIL suspect

UNIFIL peacekeepers patrol the southern border village of Kfar Kila, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

DETROIT: A court hearing has been delayed until Aug. 11 for a Lebanese-born man suspected by the Irish government in the killing of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980.

Mahmoud Bazzi spoke Thursday in Arabic and by video link from a jail where he's held.

A judge postponed Bazzi's initial immigration court appearance because he is not represented by lawyer.

The 71-year-old 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.

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

 

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