Saving Rrustem Neza: The TCRR Archive

The following item was originally posted in the announcement section of the Texas Civil Rights Review–gm

Saving Rrustem Neza: Table of TCRR Documents
Date Document [Format]
Mar. 20, 2008

Attorney Gibson complains that Mr. Neza has been contacted without consent of attorney [pdf] and Abilene Federal Court closes case to dope and deport [pdf]

Mar. 5, 2008

Lufkin Daily News praises Rep. Gohmert for helping Rrustem Neza

Mar. 3, 2008

Congressman Louie Gohmert announces that Rrustem Neza’s deportation has been stayed until at least March 2009 by agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the House Subcommittee on Immigration. The subcommittee requests a DHS report on the Neza case “after Homeland Security’s top personnel were not helpful.” [Also see Lufkin Daily News story and AP story about Neza’s release on bond.]

Feb. 29, 2008

Rrustem Neza is released on $25,000 bond and goes home to be with his wife and children.

Feb. 26, 2008

House Immigration Subcommittee Hears Gohmert Bill on behalf of Rrustem Neza; orders report from DHS (Transcript)

Feb. 23, 2008

“Let Rrustem Neza’s Children Have their Daddy Back!” (TCRR; Letter from John Wheat Gibson)

Jan. 3, 2008

DHS Refuses to Release Rrustem Neza from Haskell Prison while he awaits Appeals [PDF]

Dec. 21, 2007

Neza Brief (to 11th Circuit Appeals, Atlanta) in Support of Appeal to Reopen Asylum Case so that the Facts of the Case Can be Properly Heard [PDF]

Dec. 3, 2007

Gibson Email: US Attorney (Nothern District, Texas) Refuses Mr. Neza’s Offer of Settlement [TCRR]

Nov. 30, 2007

US Attorney (Northern District, Texas) Refuses Mr. Neza’s Offer of Settlement [PDF]

Nov. 16, 2007

Mr. Neza’s Offer of Settlement to US Attorney (Northern District, Texas) [TCRR]

Nov. 7, 2007

Neza Reply to BIA Regarding DHS Objections to Reopen Asylum Hearings [TCRR]

Nov. 6, 2007

Gibson Appeal to Dallas DHS to Release Mr. Neza from Prison [TCRR]

Nov. 1, 2007

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) files two bills in Congress “For the Relief of Rrustem Neza”: H.R.4069 Authorizing him to Stay in the USA Temporarily; and H.R. 4070 Granting him Permanent Resident Status. Later referred to House Subcommittee on Immigration []

Oct. 30, 2007

Gibson Email: Federal Trial Date Set for Aug. 2008 (Northern District, Texas) for US Request to Dope and Deport Mr. Neza [TCRR]

Oct. 24, 2007

Excerpt from Motion (to Northern District, Texas) to Dismiss US Request to Dope and Deport Mr. Neza [TCRR]

Oct. 23, 2007

Congressman Gohmert Calls Mr. Neza’s Treatment Intolerable [TCRR]

Oct. 22, 2007

Motion (to Northern District, Texas) to Dismiss US Request to Dope and Deport Mr. Neza [PDF]

Oct. 13, 2007

Gibson Email: Dallas DHS Spokesman Reaffirms Intent to Deport Mr. Neza [TCRR]

Oct. 10, 2007

Excerpt from Amended Motion (to 11th Circuit Appeals, Atlanta) for Stay of Removal [TCRR]

Oct. 9, 2007

Amended Motion (to 11th Circuit Appeals, Atlanta) for Stay of Removal [PDF]

Oct. 3, 2007

Gibson Email: Are Rumors True that Albanian Authorities will Reopen Assassination Investigation? [TCRR]

Oct. 1, 2007

US Motion (Northern District, Texas) to Dope and Deport Mr. Neza to Albania [PDF]

Sep. 11, 2007

DIANNE SOLÍS Article about “Man who Screamed Himself off Plane” [DMN]

Sep. 8, 2007

Isenberg Letter to Dallas ICE in behalf of Mr. Neza [TCRR]

Sep. 6, 2007

Gibson Email: Albanian Press Splashes TCRR Story about Mr. Neza [TCRR]

Sep. 4, 2007

Gibson Email: The Case of Rrustem Neza [TCRR]

Aug., 2007

Mr. Neza Barely Avoids Deportation by Loudly Protesting as he is Put on an Airplane in Dallas

July 10, 2007

Rrustem Neza, still in prison at Haskell, files a Motion to Reconsider a denial of Asylum [PDF Removed by Editor]

Bush and Berisha
June 2007 President Bush and Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha (BBC)
Feb. 13, 2007

Rrustem Neza is transferred to custody of the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs E
nforcement (ICE) who imprison him at Rolling Plains Prison, Haskell, Texas.

Jan. 18,

Rrustem Neza is arrested by Sheriff because an application for a beverage license includes a check mark for “US Citizen.” The preparer of the beverage license swears in an affidavit that the Neza brothers were not aware that she had assumed they were citizens [Ismaili Affidavit, PDF format: 338kb]. No charges are filed.


Rrustem and Xhemal Neza open a pizza restaurant in Nacogdoches, TX. Xhemal’s application for asylum is granted; Rrustem’s is denied [Court Documents]

May 25, 1999

“On Monday morning, Gani Neza, 35 one of the bodyguards of DP leader Sali Berisha was killed.” Gani was “Skender’s” brother and cousin to brothers Xhemal and Rrustem Neza [Albanian Telegraphic Agency]

April 12, 1999

While driving Xhemal from a hideout, cousin Selim Neza [aka “Skender”] is killed by a shot from a police car. Xhemel escapes into the woods and eventually to Texas [Affidavit of Xhemel Neza]

Sept. 12, 1998

Xhemal Neza is witness to the assassination of Azem Hajdari, leader of the Albanian Democratic Party. Xhemal’s cousin Zenel Neza miraculously survives the attack with multiple wounds. After taking Zenel to the doctor, Xhemal and his brother Rrustem Neza return to Tirana for a demonstration. At the demonstration Xhemal is wounded and knocked unconscious by police; he goes into hiding [Affidavit of Xhemel Neza]

Korrieri Sept. 5, 2007

Korrieri, Sept. 5, 2007

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