Man has refugee status revoked – Government unable to deport due to expired Passport

Othman Hamdan is led out of court in this July photo. Photo By FILE

After being acquitted on terror charges, 36 year old Othman Ayed Hamdan was ordered deported by the Canadian Refugee Board.

But there is one problem.

His Jordanian passport is expired and he refuses to complete the paperwork necessary to renew it.

Hamdan moved to Tucson, Arizona from the United Arab Emirates on a Student Visa, to study electrical engineering. After the 9/11 attacks he fled to Canada in 2002. He claimed he faced discrimination in the USA and applied as a refugee, claiming he was a Christian and faced death if he had to return to Jordan because he had abandoned the Islamic faith.

In July 2015, he was arrested on 3 counts of counselling the commission of indictable offences for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist organisation. In this case, the alleged terrorist network was ISIS.

An undercover RCMP officer fluent in English and Arabic, analysed 85 Facebook posts made by Hamdan and wrote two lengthy reports.

“In those posts, there are many of them that I saw that resemble clear support of the Islamic State,” he said. “Furthermore, this support crossed the threshold where he provided advice, he provided material support and he provided how to information.”

After the two deadly attacks in Canada in October of 2014, Hamdan praised the attackers posting, “A Muslim brother is martyred by the Canadian police after he killed (a) Canadian soldier in retaliation to Canada’s crimes in Iraq.”

He also posted identifying infrastructure in Canada that could be targets and encouraging lone wolf attacks.

After his acquittal in September of 2017, Canadian Border Services Agency detained Hamdan and applied to have his refugee status revoked. The Refugee board deemed him a danger to security, revoked his refugee status and ordered his deportation.

In January of 2018, Hamdan filed a lawsuit against the provincial and federal government of Canada and two other people.

“As a result of the malicious prosecution that I endured at the hands of the Minister, and RCMP and Crown representatives and a criminal matter which I was acquitted of, I have developed a multitude of psychiatric disorders,” Hamdan said.

He claims that he seeks to return to his home land. On December 6, when a CBSA removals officer visited him at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre, where he is being detained, he did not co-operate.

The CBSA has two of his expired passports and identity card and has asked their liason officer in Ammon to see if the Jordanian government will allow him to be travel with those documents. Hadman spoke with his lawyer and then read a statement to the officer saying that speaking to Jordanian authorities was “premature and ill-advised.”


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