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Canada Deports Iranian Rebel Leader

April 4, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Canadian authorities deported a former leader of Iran’s rebel National Liberation Army because she lied about her links to the group, a government spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Mahnaz Samadi, 35, was ordered to leave Canada on Monday by an Immigration Board adjudicator who ruled she was ``neither credible nor trustworthy.″

Samadi was arrested in Ottawa in February and accused of entering Canada illegally.

After Monday’s ruling, she was returned to the United States, where she is a resident, said Lorna Tessier of Immigration Canada.

In his ruling Monday, Immigration Board adjudicator Rolland Ladouceur said Samadi lied when she denied her involvement with the rebel group accused of terrorism, including bombings that killed civilians in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Samadi said she fled Iran after she and family members were repeatedly arrested and tortured in the 1980s and 1990s. She then moved to the United States in 1994, where she campaigned against the Iranian government.

Her lawyer, Warren Creates, said his client was being penalized for bombings against ``legitimate targets″ _ including an Iranian prison governor who presided over mass executions.

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