TORONTO -- Iran is refusing to allow Canada to deport a member of an Iranian terrorist group who was arrested at Toronto's Pearson airport while carrying a recruitment letter from the "Martyrdom Lovers' Headquarters" in Tehran.
Gholam Reza Ameli has been held in Canadian custody since he arrived in Toronto more than three years ago; the Immigration and Refugee Board says he is a commander of an Iranian terrorist organization and a danger to the public.
The IRB ordered the government to deport Mr. Ameli but immigration officials have been unable to remove him because, while Iran admits he is an Iranian citizen, it refuses to cooperate with the Canada Border Services Agency on the case.
The source of the problem is Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a memo by Brock Mitchell, an immigration enforcement officer in Toronto. "They will not give permission for the embassy in Ottawa to issue a travel document for Mr. Ameli," he wrote. "They did not provide a reason for the refusal."...So you mean any old "Martydom Lover" can toss up on our shores, and unless his home and native land is willing to co-operate with the paperwork we're pretty much stuck with him--forever?
Sounds to me like it's our bureaucratic tangle, not theirs. Even if they have to fly the dude back airmail C.O.D., even if they have to return to sender via a slow boat to China, there's no way we should be compelled to tolerate his continued presence.
Update: Why not mail him home in one of these containers?