Omar Ameen, a refugee from Sacramento who is threatened with deportation, testifies in his case

For the first time ever, we heard from Omar Ameen, the Sacramento refugee fighting to stay in the United States. “Concerned” and “concerned” were some of the first words KCRA 3 heard from Ameen’s testimony when speaking through an Arabic translator Wednesday afternoon of his refugee application that he could be deported – possibly back to Iraq. Ameen was summoned as a witness for both the defense and the government. When he learned why there was an arrest warrant for him from Iraq, Ameen replied, “I was accused of killing a police officer.” “I was worried,” said Ameen. “But I figured I didn’t do anything wrong and I’ll talk to them and go home.” Ameen also testified that he was taken to an interrogation room and “cornered” by the interrogator and interpreter, which “scared” him. a lawyer. ”Ameen is due to testify on Thursday for the indictment. Since this is an immigration hearing, Ameen does not have the same constitutional rights as a criminal hearing, so he must testify for the prosecution. Investigation by Steven Zeiger at the Immigration Service. Ameen was interviewed by Zeiger before he could enter the country. During the cross-examination, Zeiger confirmed that he believed Ameen’s refugee application assessment form was credible, and eventually the US Zeiger recommended that a wrong country be listed where one of Ameen’s children was born. That was the only problem and it got solved, he said. Zeiger went on to say that his manager had reviewed his assessment of Ameen’s approval of the United States. Ultimately, Ameen was allowed entry into the country based on feared harm he would suffer as a result of his religion.The U.S. defense asked Zeiger if all three authorities believed Ameen to be credible. Zeiger said he didn’t know if there were credibility issues prior to his interview. The previous government criminal case against Ameen, in which he was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer, depended largely on suspected eyewitnesses who say he led the convoy to Rawah district in Iraq’s Al-Anbar province. But a KCRA-3 investigation showed that after two years of intense negotiation and travel to Turkey, the defense attorneys obtained what his public defender called “evidence destruction”. Cell phone data, “pings” from cell towers and eyewitness testimony brought him within an hour of the murder of the Iraqi policeman in Mersin, Turkey.

We first heard from Omar Ameen, the Sacramento refugee fighting to stay in the United States.

“Concerned” and “concerned” were some of the first words KCRA 3 heard from Ameen’s testimony when speaking through an Arabic translator on Wednesday afternoon.

Ameen was arrested for the murder of an Iraqi police officer in 2018 and acquitted of those charges later that year.

Ameen is now being accused of lying about his refugee application to enter the United States

If customs can prove to immigration that Ameen lied on his refugee application, he could be deported – possibly back to Iraq.

Ameen was called to witness for both the defense and the government.

The defense was the first to question Ameen and was mostly focused on what he had witnessed on the day of his arrest.

When asked if he was informed why he had an arrest warrant from Iraq, Ameen replied, “I was accused of killing a police officer.”

The defense also asked Ameen how he felt when he was taken for questioning.

“I was worried,” said Ameen. “But I figured I didn’t do anything wrong and I’ll talk to them and go home.”

Ameen also testified that he was taken to an interrogation room and “cornered” by the interrogator and interpreter, which “scared” him.

The Sacramento refugee also confirmed that the FBI had told him he had the right to a lawyer, but since he was “absent at the time the Iraqi policeman was murdered,” Ameen testified that he “would not need a lawyer.” “.

Ameen is expected to testify to prosecutors on Thursday.

Since this is an immigration hearing, Ameen does not have the same constitutional rights as a criminal hearing, so he must testify for the prosecution.

Wednesday’s hearing opened with a cross-examination of Steven Zeiger at immigration. Ameen was interviewed by Zeiger before he could enter the country.

During the cross-examination, Zeiger confirmed that he believed Ameen’s refugee application assessment form was credible and eventually recommended that the US approve Ameen

Pointer said it listed a wrong country where one of Ameen’s children was born. That was the only problem and it got solved, he said.

Zeiger went on to say that his manager had reviewed his assessment of Ameen’s admission to the United States

Ultimately, Ameen was granted entry to the country as he feared harm due to his religion.

Ameen was interviewed by three independent government agencies before he was granted entry to the United States

The defense asked Zeiger if all three authorities found Ameen credible.

Zeiger said he didn’t know if there were any credibility issues prior to his interview.

The previous government criminal case against Ameen, in which he was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer, depended largely on suspected eyewitnesses who say he led the convoy to Rawah district in Iraq’s Al-Anbar province.

But a KCRA-3 investigation showed that after two years of intense negotiations and trips to Turkey, the defense attorneys obtained what his public defender called “evidence destruction”. Cell phone data, “pings” from cell phone towers and testimony brought him within an hour of the murder of the Iraqi policeman in Mersin, Turkey.

Instead of being returned to his family after clearance by a federal judge, Ameen was taken into custody by ICE.

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