Federal officials moving forward with efforts to deport Othman Ayed Hamdan

Othman Hamdan is escorted from court in Fort St. John in July, 2015. File photo

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The federal government is moving forward in its attempt to send a Fort St. John man acquitted of terrorism-related charges back to his home country.

According to Global News, a hearing has been scheduled for April to revoke 35 year-old Othman Ayed Hamdan’s refugee status. That hearing is scheduled for April 6th, while another hearing to determine whether or not Hamdan poses a danger to national security is scheduled to start on May 14th, according to Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson Randall Hyland.

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On Wednesday, the Immigration and Refugee Board ordered Hamdan to remain in custody, saying he would likely continue his online incitement if he were released. Last fall, Hamdan was acquitted in BC Supreme Court for supporting terrorist activities in posts he made on social media.

“In your postings, you have advocated for lone wolves to rise up and take action,” the IRB ruled. “You have celebrated terrorist activity and for these reasons, I found that you present a future and present danger in Canada.”

Hamdan came to B.C from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with three offences. Global was able to have a publication ban on Hamdan’s immigration proceedings overturned, and reports that on Tuesday the IRB ruled that Hamdan’s hearings would be held in public “due to the large amount of information already in the public domain” about him.

Hamdan’s next detention hearing is scheduled for March 7th.

Story courtesy Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/news/4012341/hearings-deport-isis-supporter/

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