San Diego: A US immigration judge in San Diego has agreed to grant asylum to the son of a Hamas founder who spied for Israel.
A deportation hearing on Wednesday for 32-year-old Mosab Hassan Yousef lasted only 15 minutes. The judge ruled that Yousef can stay in the US after he passes a routine background check.
The government denied his request for asylum in February 2009, ruling that he posed a terrorist threat.
A US Department of Homeland Security attorney says she is dropping objections to asylum. Kerri Calcador gave no explanation for the government`s change of heart.
Yousef, who spied for Israel for a decade and converted to Christianity, has been living in San Diego.
Yousef told reporters that he hopes to become a US citizen.