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Yoko Ono's blackmailer vows to quit USA

Koral Karsan threatened to release Ono's embarrassing photos and recordings of phone calls

art and culture Updated: Mar 16, 2007 16:20 IST

A chauffeur who allegedly tried to extort a huge amount of money from Sir John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, vowed before a judge on Wednesday that he would hightail it out of the U.S. as soon as immigration officials released him from custody.

Granting his request, a federal immigration judge asked the immigration officials to make arrangements for him to move straight from the jail to a plane bound for his native Turkey.

According to authorities, Karsan will leave the country in about a month and till then he must remain in jail.

"He is anxious to go home," the New York Daily News quoted Karsan's lawyer, Jonathan Avirom, as telling the judge during the Manhattan hearing.

Koral Karsan had threatened Ono with the release of her embarrassing photographs and secret recordings of phone calls if he was not paid two million dollars.

Federal attorney Victor Yee of the Department of Homeland Security initially objected to Karsan's request, reckoning his release might be dangerous.

"Given the nature of the crime, we believe him to be a danger," he said.

Yee, however, withdrew his objection upon assurance that Karsan would not linger in the U.S. after his release.