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Britain Jails Algerian for Fake Passport

February 10, 2003

LONDON (AP) _ An Algerian man who was arrested as a terrorist suspect last month was jailed Monday for six months for possessing a false passport.

Krimou Azzouz, 35, was one of four men arrested in Manchester. Prosecuting attorney Kris Venkatasami said there was no evidence that Azzouz was involved in terrorism.

Azzouz had been afraid to return to Algeria, where members of his family had been killed by the radical Armed Islamic Group, or GIA, his attorney, Chris Studdert, said.

Azzouz used the passport, which belonged to another French citizen, to open a savings account, in which he deposited $6,500 earned by working as a baker.

The Home Office indicated that Azzouz would be deported after serving his sentence.

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