Canadian authorities arrested Raed Jaser for a train-related terror plot on April 22. New reports, including this one by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, now confirm that Canada had tried unsuccessfully to deport Jaser nine years ago.
Jaser and another suspect, Chiheb Esseghaier, were accused of planning to attack a passenger train in an “al-Qaeda supported” terror attack.
Jaser’s family came to Canada in 1993 seeking refuge status. They were denied such status, but appealed the decision. They eventually sought deferred removal order status, but Jaser “could not be included in that program because he had criminal convictions.”
Yet Jaser remained in the country.
In 2004, “an arrest warrant was issued for Jaser so he could be deported.” At the hearing for his deportation, Jaser claimed to be a Palestinian with nowhere to go, although records show he was born in the United Arab Emirates.
The hearing closed with Jaser being allowed to stay in Canada “on bail” until authorities figured out what to do. He was arrested on April 22, 2012 for plotting terror.
The “rest of Mr. Jaser’s family are now Canadian citizens.”