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B.C. refugee may have terrorist links

An Egyptian man granted refugee status in British Columbia seven years ago has been linked to an Al-Qaeda terrorist training centre

An Egyptian man granted refugee status in British Columbia seven years ago has been linked to an al-Qaeda terrorist training centre in Afghanistan.

A reporter with the British Broadcasting Corporation found papers marked with a Surrey, B.C., address in al-Qaeda's Kabul office after the Taliban deserted the city this week.

Essam Mohamed Hafiz Marzouk, 31, arrived at the Richmond, B.C., airport in 1993, and told authorities he was persecuted in Pakistan.

Marzouk ended up living with his lawyer, Phil Rankin, who won him refugee status.

"He stayed at my house with my children. I knew him, I saw him every day, I liked him. He was unobtrusive. He wasn't a raving lunatic," said Rankin.

Marzouk questioned by CSIS

Marzouk married a Canadian and had a child. He was under watch by CSIS, and was questioned after the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993. He's believed to have left Canada, and his family, in 1998 without explanation.

While in Canada, he registered an import-export business called 4-U Enterprises with another man, Amr Mohamed Hamed.

The papers found in the al-Qaeda office had the address of a rented mailbox registered to 4-U Enterprises. The RCMP have seized the mail and say they are gathering information but there is no official investigation underway.

The Egyptian government says Marzouk belongs to the terrorist group al-Jihad. He's currently serving 15 years in an Egyptian prison for terrorism.

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