Friday, June 8, 2007

Imam demands U.S. apology

LONDON, ONT.(Sun Media) - Detained without explanation for hours at the Detroit airport, a Muslim leader says he feared for his family in London and couldn't stop thinking about Maher Arar.

Critics yesterday demanded action from Ottawa and apologies from the U.S. after Dr. Munir El-Kassem was questioned and fingerprinted during a stopover in Detroit last month, while flying from Quebec City to Milwaukee.

While detained, an ordeal he said lasted four hours, the imam said he was intimidated.

The Islamic scholar said he was asked if he knew Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and whether he loved "God or Allah."

"You can't help but be intimidated, and the thought of Maher Arar when he fell in the hands of U.S. authorities without any regard for innocence or anything else," El-Kassem said yesterday.

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