Pardoned man held on immigration charge

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Federal officials say a South African man pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will remain in federal custody pending the outcome of an immigration case.

Azikiwe Kambule was released from a Mississippi prison Saturday after the state Supreme Court upheld Barbour’s end-of-term pardons.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black says Monday that Kambule was taken into federal custody for overstaying his visa. He’s being held in Louisiana.

Kambule’s attorney has said he wants to return to South Africa.

Kambule came to the United States as teenager in 1994 while his mother went to college here. He was sentenced in 1997 to 35 years for armed carjacking and accessory after the fact to murder.

He’s one of nearly 200 people Barbour pardoned before leaving office in January.