Lawsuit Seeks Release of Austin Man Who Took Part in African Coup

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AUSTIN (AP) - A former Sierra Leonean coup leader who lives in Austin is challenging his detention by immigration officials.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of 39-year-old Sam Kambo says his detention is a violation of his constitutional rights.

Immigration Judge Gary Burkholder in June rejected the government's claim that Kambo had participated in a 1992 mass murder in his native country.

He ruled that Kambo should be allowed to stay in the country.

Kambo remains in jail on a government appeal of the ruling.

Kambo was arrested in October when he went for an interview at federal immigration offices in San Antonio related to his application for permanent residency.

His attorney says Kambo won his case and should be freed.