SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ A Yugoslavian sailor who attempted to defect to the United States last month has been deported to his home country, immigration officials said Wednesday.
Nikola Dimitrijevic, 25, left his ship in Savannah Feb. 2 with the help of two American soldiers he befriended in a bar.
He was flown home Feb. 20 after his application for asylum was denied, said Duke Austin, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington.
Dimitrijevic had said he wanted a better job in the United States, said Austin.
″He didn’t establish a clear-cut fear of persecution on his return,″ Austin said.
Asylum is granted only when a person can present evidence he would be jailed or persecuted if he returns to his home nation after seeking refuge in this country, said Austin.