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Ferry hearing set in Denver
By Ray O'Hanlon

A Denver court hearing to consider the continued detention and immigration status of Belfast man Ciaran Ferry has been set for Friday, Aug. 22.

Ferry has been held without bail since Jan. 30 after attending a green card interview with his U.S. citizen wife, Heaven Ferry.

Ferry was questioned at the interview about a prison term he served in Northern Ireland for IRA-related activities in the early 1990s. He was released in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.

Ferry, who is 31, was detained at the interview by immigration officers. He is facing a deportation order but countered with the asylum plea. Both will be considered at the upcoming hearing

Ferry's detention was specifically based on a charge that he had overstayed his U.S. visa. His attorney has countered that he had in fact obtained labor authorization and was permitted an extended stay in the U.S. pending his green card interview.

The Ferrys have a 2-year-old daughter, Fiona. The couple had lived in Belfast for a time but decided to settle in Colorado after Ciaran Ferry's name was found by police on a loyalist death list.

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