<b>IMMIGRATION: Likelihood of torture could block deportation</b>
A Miami man stripped of his citizenship in a landmark case may not be deported to his native Haiti. But first he must prove that he could be tortured there.
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
Posted on Wed, Jul. 12, 2006
Lionel Jean-Baptiste, the first naturalized American in recent times to lose his citizenship after being convicted of a crime, may avoid deportation to Haiti if he can show he could be tortured there, the immigration judge presiding over the case said Tuesday.
''He may not be deportable,'' said immigration judge Kenneth S. Hurewitz -- if Jean-Baptiste qualifies for protection under the Convention Against Torture. Under such a scenario, an immigrant in removal proceedings can stay if he presents evidence he would be tortured if returned.
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