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Iraqi father held in attack on woman

Associated Press / October 31, 2009

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PEORIA, Ariz. - An Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter in Arizona with his car because she was becoming “too Westernized’’ has been arrested in Georgia, authorities said yesterday.

Jim Joyner, a spokesman for the US Marshals Service in Atlanta, said Faleh Almaleki was arrested Thursday when he arrived at Atlanta’s airport, sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.

Almaleki, 48, awaits extradition to Arizona and will face two counts of aggravated assault, according to Peoria police.

He is accused of striking and then running over his 20-year-old daughter and a family friend.

Noor Almaleki remains hospitalized in serious condition after spinal surgery. The friend, Amal Khalaf, is in serious but stable condition, according to family members. Khalaf, 43, is the mother of Noor Almaleki’s boyfriend. Police said the Almalekis moved to Peoria from Iraq in the mid-1990s.

Family members said Noor Almaleki had been living with her boyfriend and Khalaf, and Faleh Almaleki was upset that his daughter had become too “Westernized,’’ had failed to live by traditional Muslim values and had disrespected the family.