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A U.S. immigration judge Friday denied the asylum request of an Algerian activist who was deported to the United States, according to supporters.

Julie Wilkinson of the Mohamed Cherfi Solidarity Committee said Cherfi was refused his request, but she had no details from the ruling.

Calls to Cherfi's lawyer, David Addelman, were not returned Friday and officials of the U.S. Immigration Court here would not release the decision.

Cherfi, who entered Canada through the United States in 1998, helped form the Action Committee for Non-Status Algerians, which lobbied the government on behalf of Algerian refugees.

Quebec City police arrested him March 5 at a church for allegedly violating bail conditions imposed last year after he was arrested at a sit-in at the Quebec immigration minister's office.

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