Feds re-open deportation case on café owner

A restaurateur in the region who’s originally from Turkey is getting his deportation order re-opened — allowing him to remain in the U.S. until at least his legal case is resolved.

The U.S. Board of Immigration has granted a motion to re-examine a 2004 case against Ibrahim Parlak, who has won deferrals.

The owner of Café Gulistan in Harbert, near St. Joseph, argues he'd likely be tortured or killed if returned.

He came to the U.S. 25 years ago after being convicted in Turkey of supporting the Kurdish separatist movement and was granted asylum. He says torture was used to gather evidence against him.

U.S. prosecutors say he failed to disclose movement ties or mention the Turkish conviction.

Parlak was arrested in 2004 and jailed for 10 months until a federal judge ordered his release.

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