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CHESAPEAKE (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says an Iraq war veteran's personalized license plate encourages violence and is vulgar.

Sean Bujno's plate reads: 'ICUHAJI,' which can be read to state: 'I See You, Haji.' Some Arab-Americans object to that phrase.

A circuit court judge ruled last November that the DMV couldn't deny the Chesapeake man's license on the basis that it denigrated individuals of a particular nationality.

But in a letter sent to Bujno by the DMV, the agency signaled the battle over the plate might not be over.

Bujno's attorney told The Virginian-Pilot the use of the word 'Haji' is not intended as a slur. He said it simply refers to someone who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca, or the hajj.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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