Terrorism is not guilty but still considered a threat, the person’s status in Canada is pending
Since his release from immigration detention two years ago, Osman (Adam) Hamdan has been living in a difficult situation.
The Canadian Border Services Agency has been trying to deport him, saying he poses a threat to Canadians.
He said that he has been working hard to clear his name and continue his life.
“I’m trying to move forward; I’m trying to be a model citizen,” Hamdan said Nationwide In his first television interview.
“Moreover, the Canadian government dare to say that I am dangerous.”
Hamdan, a Jordanian citizen, arrived in Canada in 2002 in search of a better life and settled in Fort St. John, British Columbia. But after the Capitol Hill shooting in 2014, the politically minded and outspoken man caught the attention of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
As part of the Scolop project to investigate Canadian cyber extremism after the attack, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police contacted Hamdan and asked about his Facebook posts that appeared to support ISIS.
Hamdan said he was told that the topic he posted was “very sensitive” and might offend some people.But, he said, they didn’t tell him to stop
Eight months later, Hamdan was arrested and charged with four crimes related to terrorism.
Track “disturbing” posts
In total, the RCMP tracked down the thousands of posts made by Hamdan — some written by him, some shared by him — and marked 85 of them to celebrate the success of ISIS and praise the independence. The wolf attack and Capitol Hill shooter, as well as the location determined in Canada, are less secure.
He was refused bail and spent two years in prison awaiting trial.
Although the judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia called the posts “offensive”, “offensive” and “disturbing”, he ultimately ruled that Hamdan had no intention of committing a crime without knowing the context of the posts.
In 2017, He was acquitted for all charges.
However, he was not released.
Instead, immigration officials arrested Hamdan on the grounds that he “posed a danger to the safety of Canada” because of the views he expressed online. His refugee status was revoked and he was deemed unable to enter Canada.
Hamdan was transferred to an immigration detention facility, where he was held for another two years, sometimes in solitary confinement, because the CBSA took steps to deport him.
“I win on the front and you lose on the back”
Kent Roach, a professor of law at the University of Toronto, said Hamdan’s case was a miscarriage of justice. He pointed out that when the government failed to convict, it appeared to have decided to pursue Hamdan in the immigration court, where the burden of proof was low.
“In my opinion, in the best case, the government will choose one of these tools instead of ordering them so that if they lose a criminal case, they can come back through immigration detention,” Roach said. Who wrote this case.
“You know, it’s a bit like’I win on the upside and you lose on the downside.'”
Watch | Adrienne Arsenault of the Nationalist Party asked Kent Roach about Hamdan’s ambiguous status:
RCMP. Both the CBSA and the Canadian Department of Public Safety declined CBC interviews or requests for specific information about the Hamdan case or risk assessment.
They pointed out that there are currently 993 foreigners in the country who are not detained, but they cannot enter Canada for safety and security reasons.
In Hamdan’s case, the CBSA wanted to deport him back to his hometown of Jordan, where Hamdan said he would be killed. Officials also stated that during his detention, they found the Islamic State logo graffiti on the wall of his cell. Hamdan said it was just an Islamic symbol.
Hamdan was released in September 2019 Under 26 strict conditions The federal court judge said that this would mitigate any risks he might bring to the public. He will not be able to access the Internet, an Internet-enabled mobile phone, or a driver’s license. He must alert the Royal Cavalry every day.
“In my first year of partial freedom, the RCMP would knock on my window at two or three in the morning, about every night,” Hamdan said.
“They only call me out of bed, just to show my face and let me come back…”
Watch | Adrienne Arsenault of the national team asked Hamdan whether he regrets these positions and the fear that some people might have of him:
CBC also spoke with residents of Christina Lake, British Columbia, where Hamdan currently lives, and they expressed concern about Hamdan staying in their community. No one was willing to speak publicly, but expressed that they were afraid of him and felt that the Canadian law had failed.
They also talked about Hamdan never expressed remorse or any harm that might be instigated by his social media posts.
“There is nothing to apologize,” Hamdan said. “What did I do that requires confession? The Middle East conflict I said, really, that all parties committed crimes? Including Islamic State? Including Al Qaeda? Including the Canadian government?”
Navid Aziz, an expert on religious extremism as a defense witness, said that even though he found Hamdan’s post “very disturbing,” Hamdan is not an extremist.
“He finally found his goal in the activist activity online. If he guides it correctly and may be more cautious in what he posts, his situation may be different,” said Ah, who occasionally provides guidance to Hamdan. Ziz said.
“As long as he is part of the overall system that supports him… From a mental and mental health point of view, [and] Spiritual guidance, I believe he is on a better track. “
Hamdan’s lawyer insisted that his life in Jordan would be threatened because of the criminal charges he faces in this country.
Suspension of deportation
Three months ago, a judge suspended Hamdan’s deportation order and stated in his sentence that Hamdan had no criminal record in the past six years.
Therefore, as his criminal case was resolved and his deportation was temporarily suspended, Hamdan said he wanted to clear his name-and see his status in Canada resolved.
He filed two civil lawsuits against the CBSA and the Ministry of Public Safety for malicious prosecution and time in solitary confinement.
“They don’t want to give me an identity. They want me to disappear,” Hamdan said. “We don’t know where this will go.”
Roach agrees that Hamdan’s status is still ambiguous.
“This is the same state as a person detained under a security certificate. This is a state under the cloud,” Roach said. “For people like Mr. Hamdan, I think this will be an ongoing struggle.”
Currently, Hamdan has obtained a temporary work permit, limited Internet access and a driver’s license. He is also looking for work in the community.