Egyptian college student acquitted of explosives charges now faces trial in immigration court

Egyptian student faces trial in immigration court

TAMPA, Fla. — An Egyptian college student acquitted on federal explosives charges will be tried again by immigration authorities who will determine whether he should be deported.

A lawyer for Youssef Megahed (MEG-uh-hed) said he expects Megahed to be tried on the same charges, but this time in immigration court.

A Tampa jury in April found the 23-year-old not guilty of possessing explosives that could have been used to make a destructive device.

Megahed was seized and jailed by immigration authorities three days later.

Megahed is a legal permanent resident who moved to the United States with his family when he was 11.

Defense lawyers had argued in Megahed’s trial that PVC pipes filled with a homemade explosive mixture were engines for model rockets.

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