Palestinian Deportee Rejected by Algeria, Returned to Canada
TORONTO (AP) _ A former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization deported to Algeria last week is back in Canada after he was refused entry to the North African country.
Wahid Khalil Baroud, who was jailed for more than a year after Canada declared him a threat to national security, was sent to a Toronto detention center Tuesday after returning from Algeria.
Baroud was flown to Algeria a week ago after his wife convinced officials of the Algerian embassy in Ottawa to give him an entry visa.
Under the Canadian Immigration Act, Baroud could only be released from jail if another country agreed to take him.
But officials at the Algiers airport refused to let Baroud enter the country.
``The deportation order against him is still valid and we will continue to negotiate to try to remove him,″ immigration spokesman Roger White said.
Baroud, a former PLO intelligence officer, was arrested at his home in Mississauga, west of Toronto, in June 1994. He had claimed refugee status upon arriving in Toronto in 1991.
The government declared him a danger to society because of his former PLO membership and allegations he had been involved in terrorist acts.
He was jailed under a national security clause that allows authorities to hold people suspected of involvement in terrorist activities.