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Man facing deportation from Canada says terror accusation resulted in PTSD

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia man who faces deportation over allegations his Facebook posts promoted terrorist attacks says he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the false accusations.

Othman Hamdan has told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing that he was living a peaceful life in Fort St. John when he was arrested for allegedly calling for lone wolf attacks through Facebook.

He was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last September, but immigration authorities arrested him and have determined he poses a danger to the public and could be deported.

Hamdan is a Jordanian national who says he moved to Canada from the United States in July 2002 because he faced threats following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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He says he was falsely accused in Canada and his experience has resulted in a diagnosis of PTSD, which has resulted in about eight months of therapy.

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In January, Hamdan filed a lawsuit against the B.C. and federal governments, arguing his Charter rights were violated through a malicious prosecution.’

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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