U.S. Deports Iraqi-Born Spaniard


Miami, Apr 14 (EFE).- Safana Jawad, an Iraqi-born Spaniard who traveled to Florida to visit her teenage son, was deported Thursday by U.S. immigration officials, a Spanish diplomat told EFE.

"Immigration informed us that the Spanish citizen detained in Tampa left on British Airways Flight 2166 at 6:45 p.m. (2245 GMT) today (Thursday)," said Santiago Cabanas, Spain's consul-general in Miami.

Jawad, 45, was detained Tuesday upon her arrival at Tampa International Airport. A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, told EFE that the woman traveled to the United States to visit her son, 16-year-old Hany Kubba, who lives with his father in Clearwater, near Tampa. . .

CAIR's Ahmed Bedier told EFE that after being stopped at immigration, Jawad was taken to a secure room in the Tampa airport, where she was questioned for six hours, after which she was transferred to the Pinellas County jail.

The treatment Jawad received was "very humiliating," according to Bedier, who said that U.S. officials searched the woman and obliged her to remove her head scarf. Consul-General Cabanas said he learned of the case on Wednesday and immediately telephoned the Pinellas County jail, where authorities allowed him to speak to Jawad. "Within the nervousness and tension of the situation, she was apparently fine," the diplomat said, though adding that Jawad complained about being strip-searched and having her possessions - including a copy of the Koran - taken from her.

 


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