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DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. man convicted of helping Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein has failed to persuade a judge to help him go home to die.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said Thursday she has no authority to intervene in a matter that’s up to prison officials. Doctors say Najib Shemami has cancer and less than four months to live.

Officials at a federal prison in North Carolina say Shemami might commit more crimes if released. The warden has declined to approve his release.

The 62-year-old Shemami has served about a year of a 46-month sentence for passing sensitive information to Iraq. He informed Iraq about military movements in Turkey before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that overthrew Saddam.

Shemami’s relatives say he would live with them in Oakland Township if released.

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