CBC News Online | November 27, 2003
Nov. 27, 2003
Judge Edmond Blanchard grants Hassan Almrei a stay of his immediate
deportation, saying he would "suffer irreparable harm" if deported to Syria.
Nov. 27, 2003: Almrei can stay in Canada during review
Nov. 24, 2003
The Canadian government moves to deport Almrei to Syria. At a bail hearing, an official from Citizenship and Immigration Canada says his department received documents from the Syrian consulate allowing Almrei to be deported. The federal government says it intends to put him on a charter flight within 2½ weeks.
Nov. 24, 2003: Ottawa moves to deport Syrian
Almrei ends 40-day hunger strike after a judge agrees to visit his jail cell.
Almrei starts a hunger strike to protest the conditions in his prison cell. Almrei, who has been in solitary confinement for almost two years, complains that his concrete cell is too cold and that he isn't allowed to wear shoes in it. His demands for shoes and a warmer cell are supported by prison guards, who told a court they often have to wear jackets at work.
The RCMP arrest Almrei in Mississauga, Ont., and put him in the Toronto West Detention Centre. CSIS files documents in federal court claiming Almrei is a member of "an international network of extremist groups and individuals who follow and support the Islamic extremist ideals espoused by Osama bin Laden."
The documents say Almrei is involved in a "forgery ring with international connections that produces false documents."
CSIS files a security certificate claiming Almrei is a threat to national security, and requesting his deportation. Almrei doesn't take the stand to explain why he had 137 pages of photos on his computer that included images of Osama bin Laden, an assortment of guns, a security badge and the cockpit of a large passenger jet.
October 27, 2001: CSIS wants man allegedly linked to bin Laden deported
RCMP officials search Almrei's Toronto-area home as part of the investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Syrian Hassan Almrei arrives in Canada on what is later determined to be a false United Arab Emirates passport and a Canadian visitor's visa purchased for $5,000.
Almrei claims refugee status on the basis he faces persecution in his homeland because his father is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist group. Canadian officials grant him refugee status.