An original translation by Oz-Rita
A federal department is trying to evict him, but a court decided otherwise. Proof that Canada can not filter those who enter the country as it would like to.
An arm of the federal government tries to deport an Iranian refugee while another arm tries to keep him here, as our Bureau of Investigation found out. Since 2010, the Ministry of Federal Public Security has tried to expel an Iranian refugee admitted to Canada in 2001, after discovering that he had hidden crimes in Japan and Germany.
This refuge was denounced to the Canadian government for alledged involvement in drug trafficking and with the Yakuza, the Japanese organized crime members, according to our information.
But as incredible as it may seem, the Immigration and Refugee Board refuse to allow the expulsion of this man from Canada.
This is about Afshin Norouzi, who now lives in Montreal. Norouzi’s case, which is still pending, shows that the security screening of refugees by the government and its agencies leaves much to be desired.
Even with plenty of time, the government does not always manage to uncover the omissions or misrepresentations by criminal asylum seekers.
15 years of lies
Afshin Norouzi would not discuss his case with our Bureau of Investigation. “I really do not want to talk about that,” he told us before hanging up. The misrepresentations that Mr. Norouzi has delivered to Canada began 15 years ago.
During his interview with a Canadian immigration officer at Lacolle, in 2001, he declared that he had received death threats from some relatives of a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship outside of marriage in Iran. “A man wants to kill me,” he had written on his asylum form. This lady had, apparently, a relative who was part of the SEPA, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran, he claimed.
SEPA brings together extremist paramilitaries whose mission it is to protect the lives and values of Islamic extremists in Iran, sometimes with violence.
Moreover, Afshin Norouzi declared verbally and in writing that he had:
• no criminal record and had never committed a crime;
• never been a deported from any country;
• never lived or travelled outside Iran,
except for the journey that had led him to Canada in 2001 via the United States. These three statements were proven to be categorically false, according to court documents.
HOW he infiltrated the BUREAUCRACY OF CANADA over the past 15 YEARS
Afshin Norouzi has been reported several times to the federal authorities since arriving in Canada in 2001. The details of his unusual journey as a refugee.
• July 2001: Norouzi arrives in Canada. He said he traveled from Iran via the United States with a false passport purchased for $ 12,000 US.
• April 2002: Canada granted him refugee status.
• April 24, 2003: The Agency of Canadian Border Services is informed by the Montreal Police Service that a person had come to a police station to denounce Norouzi. This person had said that before coming to Canada, Norouzi had lived for 11 or 12 years in Japan and that “he made up a story to get the refugee status in Canada” .
• September 2003: Norouzi becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
• 2007: He is arrested by the police in Hamburg, Germany, while using a fake Italian passport.
• February 2008: The Canadian Embassy in Japan receives a document from Court of the Mito region. It said that Norouzi, aka “Mario Costas,” had been convicted in 1997 of an offense under Japanese law on drug control and he had served 20 months in prison.
• April 2008: border services obtain emails apparently written by Mr. Norouzi in which he admits that he has criminal records in Japan and Germany. He said that he fears his deportation from Canada.
• July 2008: The GRC (RCMP?) sends Interpol information from Tokyo to the Border Services Agency. In it one can read that Mr. Norouzi has a criminal record in Japan for two offenses: an offense under the Immigration Act 1993 and a breach of the law on drug control in 1997.
• September 19, 2008: A second denunciation of Norouzi, containing a letter of a dozen pages, is received by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration in Montreal. It includes details of his arrest in Germany and information about alleged links to Japanese organized crime. It also alleges that he used a false Canadian passport for travel in Thailand.
• December 2010: The Department of Public Security files an application for annulment of the decision granting refugee status to Norouzi in order to allow his deportation.
• Between 2011-2015: several releases/postponments(?) are permitted.
• February 2015: the hearing of the application for eviction takes place. Norouzi is absent, on the recommendation of his lawyer.
• Late April 2015: Christian Boissoneault, Member of the Board of Immigration and Canadian refugee status rejected the application for deportation filed by the Department of Public Security and refuses to cancel the decisions granting him status of refugee and permanent resident.
• December 2015: a judge of the Federal Court quashes the decision of Boissoneault and orders a new hearing before a new member of the Immigration and Refugee Board. The Commission will have to look for a second time at the case of Norouzi.
?Norouzi was never charged in Canada for drug trafficking or use of a false Canadian passport.
SEVERAL TRIPS TO IRAN DESPITE DEATH THREATS
Although Afshin Norouzi had told Canadian authorities that he feared being killed if returned to Iran, he returned there of his own accord, and this several times since becoming a refugee in Canada in 2002.
Indeed, Norouzi visited Iran in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. These trips are confirmed by the stamps in his authentic Iranian passport.
Through his attorneys, Norouzi finally admitted some of his misrepresentations in February 2015, including his criminal history and his multiple trips to Iran after his request for asylum. An important admission? No His criminal history in Japan and Germany had been confirmed to the investigators of Border Services, the GRC (RCMP) and Interpol.
JAPAN WAS NOT EMBARRASSED TO DEPORT HIM
Under cover of anonymity, a woman has already told the Montreal Police that Afshin Norouzi had concocted a false story in order to obtain asylum here.
This testimony dates from 2003, after Norouzi had become a refugee, but four months before he got the permanent resident status.
“He does not like Canada,” she told police. She said Norouzi had lived for years in Japan in the 1990s Later, the authorities will learn that Norouzi had been convicted of a crime related to drug trafficking.
He had subsequently spent 20 months in prison before being deported to Iran. Norouzi was also found guilty of an offense related to immigration.
Arrested in Germany Moreover, Norouzi was also arrested in Hamburg, Germany, in 2007 with a fake Italian passport issued in his name, although he is not an Italian citizen.
This document was a real passport which had been stolen at the Italian Consulate in Belgium, while it was blank.
Norouzi had admitted having bought it from a forger, according to a report of the German police
If we had known …
The Canadian Department of Public Safety pretends that, if all these facts had been known when Norouzi made his application for asylum in 2001, the commissioner who had accepted him as a refugee could have made a different decision.
The Department maintained that the credibility of Norouzi would have been heavily tainted by his many lies.
Proof of a failure
Quiggin, a former Canadian military intelligence officer thinks that the failure of the process in the case of Norouzi highlights the more serious problems that may arise when it comes to simultaneously and quickly check thousands of individuals from Syria .
Refugees like Norouzi who hide a criminal past and who as alleged in his records would concoct stories in order to obtain asylum can, according to him, enter just as easily and stay here for a long time, while flying under the radar of authorities