- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. government is set to make its case for deportation against the first of three Afghan military officers who left a training exercise in Massachusetts to try to flee to Canada.

Maj. Jan Mohamad Arash is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in U.S. Immigration Court in Batavia, outside Buffalo.

If the government successfully argues that Arash should be deported, he’s expected to seek asylum in the United States.

Arash and two other soldiers took a taxi from Massachusetts to western New York in September and walked into Canada to seek refugee status. Canada denied them entry and they were returned to the United States.

The three say they fear they’ll be killed by the Taliban if returned to Afghanistan.

Tuesday’s trial is closed to the public.


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