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Former Iowa slaughterhouse manager back in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - After fleeing to Israel following a 2008 immigration raid, a former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa has finally appeared in a U.S. courtroom to answer charges that he harbored immigrants in the country illegally for profit.

His hands and feet shackled, Hasam Amara walked slowly into the federal courtroom in Cedar Rapids on Friday.

Amara pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with 25 counts related to harboring people in the U.S. illegally and two counts related to document fraud.

Amara fled to Israel, where he has citizenship, after the raid at the former Agriprocessors plant in Postville, which resulted in the arrest of 389 workers.

He was a poultry production manager.

Israel authorities arrested him in 2011 and he was extradited to the US on Thursday.

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