Former Ohio Imam Arrested In Israel, Talks To Attorney For The First Time

CLEVELAND (AP) - The former imam of Ohio's largest mosque has spoken with his attorney for the first time since he was arrested by Israel after being deported from the U-S last week.

The lawyer says Israeli authorities are interested in any knowledge Fawaz Damra may have of Islamic Jihad, a militant Palestinian group that has carried out suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israel.

The lawyer says Damra is not charged with a crime and is being interrogated.

Israel and the U-S say the Islamic Jihad is a terrorist organization.

Damra was deported to his native West Bank by American authorities last week because he concealed his ties to Islamic Jihad when he applied for U-S citizenship in 1994.

Damra served as the imam, or religious leader, of the Islamic Center of Cleveland in Parma.