Mandela Finally Removed From US Terror List

US takes icon off terrorist watch list
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 4:52 AM CDT
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, and his wife Graca Machel, on stage at the concert in honour of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in London.    (AP Photo/Edmond Terakopian)
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(Newser) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela is finally being removed from US terrorism watch lists, CNN reports. The 90-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate was designated a terrorist because he battled against the old apartheid regime in South Africa. His name was never officially removed from the US lists until a new bill was signed into law yesterday by President Bush.

The bill will “make sure that there aren't any extra hoops for either a distinguished individual, like former President Mandela, or other members of the African National Congress to get a US visa," said a State Department spokesman.