Email from John Wheat Gibson: “Government refuses to allow Neza to present case to immigration judge, and refuses to allow him to go somewhere besides Albania. Attached is the . . . letter of the government refusing to allow him to present his asylum case to an immigration judge.”
Sign Away Your Rights to Protest says US Attorney to Albanian Refugee in Nov. 30 Letter
Editor’s Note: Read the US Government’s latest rebuff to Albanian refugee Rrustem Neza (in pdf format), instructing him to restrain himself and not resist a deportation that would place him in fear for his life.
The US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas notes that Mr. Neza’s appeals to immigration authorities and to US courts have all come to nothing: “There is no reason, therefore, to accept your premise that Mr. Neza will be harmed if he is removed to Albania, either on the basis of his original asylum claim or his new assertion based on the self-generated publicity of his case.”
The US Attorney does not give his own reasons why he discounts evidence of other killings in this case.
But the US Attorney does parry with a counteroffer: “Therefore, in the spirit of reaching an amicable resolution in this case, the United States is willing to dismiss the current civil action, without prejudice, conditioned on Mr. Neza’s written agreement to cease and desist in his efforts to prevent or hamper his removal by physical resistance or other disruptive conduct intended or designed to achieve that result. In that event, there would be no need to seek the aid of the district court to enforce his removal.”
To our nonlawerly ears this sounds like a US Attorney using the power of office to mock the fears of a refugee. But we’re checking with attorney Gibson to see if there’s some hope we’re not finding.–gm
PS: We asked Gibson about the “last paragraph” in the Nov. 30 letter from Assistant US Attorney E. Scott Frost. Here’s how Gibson replied:
Frost’s last paragraph, “I look forward to your response in the near future,” seems to refer to the previous two, in which Frost offers not to
obtain an order to drug Rrustem if Rrustem will agree in writing to be deported to Albania without making a ruckus.
Frost is offering to let Rrustem get off the plane sufficiently alert to run from the killers so he will be shot in the back, rather than so drugged that
the killers can blow him away without his waking up. This is the generosity of the Chertoff-Mukasey regime.
John Wheat Gibson