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ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a federal jury found an Egyptian national guilty of refusing to leave the country twice after being ordered to depart.
Mohamed Admed Hassan Abdallah Omran, 38, of Egypt, was found guilty of two counts of failure to depart for resisting removal after final deportation orders. United States District Judge Dee D. Drell presided over the trial. The defendant’s trial started Wednesday and ended today with the jury returning the guilty verdict after deliberating for 10 minutes. Evidence admitted at trial revealed that on two occasions U.S. Immigration Enforcement Agents attempted to remove Omran from the country via the Alexandria International Airport by putting him on a commercial flight. The defendant hampered agents’ ability to remove him by verbally and physically resisting agents on June 12, 2013. The defendant also hampered attempts to put him on a commercial flight at the airport on July 24, 2013. This prevented him from boarding the flights because of airline and Transportation Security Administration safety policies.
Omran faces four years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for each count. Sentencing has been set for May 11, 2015.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael O’Mara and Cytheria D. Jernigan are prosecuting the case.