Immigration and Naturalization Service
said the Israelis violated their visas,
and their cases were labeled "special
interest," a designation used for cases
arising from the attacks investigation.
New York, December 31, 2001
Israelis Return Home
By THE ASSOCIATED
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Two Israelis
who were detained in Ohio as part of the terrorism
probe have been allowed by the U.S. government to
return home, their lawyer said Monday.
Yaniv Hani, 22, and Oren Behr, 25,
were taken into custody Oct. 31 near Toledo, along
with nine other Israelis. All had come to the
United States separately and took jobs with an
Israeli-owned company to sell toys in shopping mall
Hani and Behr returned to Israel about a week
ago, said lawyer David Leopold.
"They are thrilled to be home," he said. "They
had no business in jail and then sitting in this
country for as long as they did."
The other Israelis had been released
The Immigration and Naturalization Service said
the Israelis violated their visas, and their cases
were labeled "special interest," a designation used
for cases arising from the attacks
Hani and Behr were released Nov. 27 after an
immigration judge ruled the INS lacked any evidence
to justify keeping them in custody. But the INS
then issued an oral "order of safe guard" that the
two should remain in the United States.
Linda Rabbett, deputy director of the
Cleveland INS district, said Monday that the men
were allowed to leave after a hearing before an
immigration judge and posting a bond.
Leopold said his clients "understand the fear in
this country" but "neither understands why they
were caught up in a dragnet."
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