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Appeals Court Considers Asylum Rights for Cuban Minor Elian Gonzalez

LADB Article ID: 53883
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2000-05-18
By: LADB Staff

The Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments from both sides in the Elian Gonzalez case on May 11 and expects to announce its ruling within weeks. Elian's Miami relatives argued that the six-year-old boy rescued at sea last November (see NotiCen, 1999-12-23) wants political asylum, while the government argues that no valid asylum petition was ever filed since Elian is too young to make such a request on his own.

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