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The Latest: Rape suspect back in US without sanctuary change

January 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on (all times local):

12 p.m.

A Tunisian national whose extradition to California to face rape charges was delayed after Homeland Security demanded officials make an exception to the city’s sanctuary policy has been arraigned in San Francisco court.

Mohamed Ben Azaza was in court Wednesday to face charges he raped an unconscious woman passenger in 2017 while working as a rideshare driver.

Azaza was extradited to the United State from Canada hours before city supervisors were to vote on a measure that would meet federal demands that immigration officials be informed if Azaza made bail or was acquitted.

Critics said that would set a bad precedent and weaken sanctuary policies that limit cooperation between local agencies and federal immigration enforcement.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports it appears the feds backed off on the demand and supervisors tabled the motion.

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12:00 a.m.

San Francisco lawmakers won’t have to bend their sanctuary city laws to get a rape suspect extradited from Canada.

Mohamed Ben Azaza was booked into jail early Monday — one day before city supervisors were to vote on a measure that would meet federal demands that immigration officials be informed if Azaza — who’s from Tunisia — made bail or was acquitted.

Critics said that would set a bad precedent and weaken sanctuary policies that limit cooperation between local agencies and federal immigration enforcement.

The San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle say it appears the feds backed off on the demand and supervisors tabled the motion.

Authorities allege that Azaza raped an unconscious woman passenger in 2017 while working as a rideshare driver. He’s scheduled for arraignment Wednesday.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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