IMAM SAID JAZIRI CAUGHT IN A CAR TRUNK
USA border authorities have arrested Imam Said Jaziri, who was deported from Canada to Tunisia in 10/2007. He was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents on Wednesday 01/26/2011.
Said Jaziri was born in Tunisia in 1967. He arrived to France on a student’s visa after he was enlisted to Nice University in Southern France. In 1991 he was sentenced in France to three months in jail for forming an illegal group Eh-Nahada based on Tunisian immigrants in France. After yen another conviction of violence offences and 18 months jail sentence Said Jaziri was deported back to Tunisia in 1994. He returned to France illegally in 1995.
In 1995 Said Jaziri was sentenced, the third time in France, to 8 months in jail for his role in an assault on a person whose actions had helped close a prayer room. In 1996 Said Jaziri was caught in Brussels international airport with a false French passport under the name of Hafed Benchellali and a flying ticket to Canada through London. When he was detained in Belgium carried with him a second false passport under the name of Jamel Feki.
Imam Said Jaziri arrived, eventually, to Canada in 1997, was granted refugee status in Canada in 1998, served in the Al-Quds Mosque (Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem) in Montreal and became an outspoken leader of the Islamic community in Quebec. Said Jaziri is married to Canadian-born Nancy-Ann Adams. Said Jaziri led protests over the publication of the prophet Muhammad Cartoons in a Danish newspaper in 2006.
Said Jaziri was deported from Canada back to Tunisia, in 10/2007, for failing to disclose a criminal conviction in France and jail time for his role in an assault on a person whose actions had helped close a prayer room in 1995, while applying for refugee status in 1997. But Said Jaziri’s supporters said he was targeted for his fundamentalist views and backed Shariaa law for Canadian Muslims (see also – Samir Ait Mohamed).
Imam Said Jaziri’s arrest marks the unexpected resurfacing of the cleric. He allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.”
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