Al-Marabh's Sentencing Delayed
Aug. 16, 2002
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ A judge postponed sentencing Friday for a man who pleaded guilty to an immigration violation, and he said he hadn't been kept fully informed on the defendant.
Judge Richard Arcara left the bench for 45 minutes to research Nabil al-Marabh's background. He said all prosecutors gave him was a sketchy sentencing report from probation officers. He delayed sentencing to Sept. 3.
Al-Marabh, 35, was portrayed as one of the key people in detention after the Sept. 11 attacks. In a court filing in Toronto, Canadian authorities alleged he was ``connected to the bin Laden network.''
In June, when al-Marabh pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to enter the United States illegally in June 2001, prosecutors said he would not face terrorism charges and would likely be deported to Syria, where he's a citizen.
U.S. Attorney Mike Battle declined to explain why al-Marabh's circumstances changed.
Federal guidelines set a sentencing range of two to eight months. Al-Marabh has already served 10 1/2 months behind bars.