June 29, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County
TAREK ALBITAR, ))
Defendant-Appellant. ) Rickey Jones,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE O’MARA FROSSARD delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant Tarek Albitar appeals the trial court’s order denying him a refund of his bond
to his surety. Defendant was deported by the Immigration and Naturalization Service before his
trial was set to begin. Defendant argues that bond forfeiture was inappropriate because he "was
unable to appear through no fault of his own but, rather, through the actions of the United States
Government.” For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
Defendant, Tarek Albitar, is a native and citizen of Jordan. He is not a citizen of the
United States. On November 13, 1987, defendant was admitted to the United States as a
nonimmigrant visitor. On May 2, 1997, defendant’s status was adjusted to that of a lawful