Professor Back Iranian Student
Two Faculty Members Seek To Raise Bond
A University law professor says he will seek government permission to represent a young Iranian Student who must raise $1,000 bond today or go to jail pending deportation hearings.
Prof. Beauford J. George, jr., said he and Prof. William W. Bishop, also of the Law School, are trying to raise the bond for Buick Navidzadeh, 30-year-old junior in the Michigan Law School.
The U. S. Immigration Service seeks to deport Navidzadeh to his native Iran where, he claims, he faces execution on charges of being a Communist sympathizer.
The Iranian government canceled his passport six months ago. But Navidzadeh said yesterday that he is being framed by high-ranking army officers whom he once accused of being thieves. George said he understood originally that the Immigration Service either would parole Navidzadeh until his deportation hearing or limit bail to $500. But he said:
“I talked with Edward J. Dugan, deputy immigration officer in Detroit, and told him I thought the $1,000 bond was excessive since Navidzadeh was on the University campus and without funds of that sort. I told Duggan that the only alternative would be for Navidzadeh to go to jail and he told me, 'Then he’ll go to jail.’ ”
George said he will file an application with the board of appeals to represent Navidzadeh legally. In the meantime, George said, he and Navidzadeh would go into Detroit today in an attempt to raise the bond. If that fails, he said, Navidzadeh will be forced to turn himself over to immigration authorities at the Immigration Building.
To Use McCarran Act
George said Navidzadeh’s defense against deportation would be based on the McCarran Immigration Act. It permits any person facing deportation who is not a Communist to receive political asylum in the United States if return to his homeland would subject him to physical persecution.
George said the Navidzadeh was “a diligent student” but had some difficulties at first with the English language.
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