SF of­fi­cials avoid sanc­tu­ary change as feds back off

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight -

San Fran­cisco law­mak­ers avoided hav­ing to bend the city’s sanc­tu­ary city pol­icy af­ter fed­eral au­thor­i­ties backed off their de­mands for the law to be re­laxed if they wanted help ex­tra­dit­ing a rape sus­pect from Canada.

Mo­hamed Ben Azaza, 39, was ar­raigned Wed­nes­day in San Fran­cisco on charges in­clud­ing rape by use of drugs, sex­ual bat­tery, and rape of an un­con­scious per­son. He pleaded not guilty.

Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said last week that they would not ex­tra­dite Azaza un­less San Fran­cisco re­laxed its sanc­tu­ary city pol­icy.

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