Former Cleveland Imam Leader Released From Israeli Prison - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Former Cleveland Imam Leader Released From Israeli Prison

JERUSALEM (AP) - His lawyer says Israel has released the former spiritual leader of Ohio's largest mosque after a military court found there wasn't enough evidence to hold him.

Fawaz Damra (fah-WAHZ' DAHM'-rah) had been detained by Israel for three weeks after American authorities deported him to the Palestinian territories.

Damra had served as imam (ee-MAHM') at the Islamic Center of Cleveland. He was deported by U-S authorities because he lied when applying for American citizenship in 1994 about his links to Islamic Jihad. Israel and U-S classify that group as a terrorist organization.

Some American Muslim leaders have been critical of U-S authorities for deporting Damra and for turning him over to Israel.

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