Canadian authorities tried, nine years ago, to deport Raed Jaser, one of two men arrested this week on suspicion of plotting to carry out an attack on a Via Rail train in the Toronto area with the help of the Al-Qaeda network, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Now 35 years old, Jaser and his family came to Canada 20 years ago from Germany, using forged French passports. The family's request to be received as refugees was refused. Since then Jaser has been convicted on a number of counts of fraud and threats. Deportation proceedings continued for years without results. Born in the United Arab Emirates, he claimed he was a Palestinian without a state. Following a pardon for his convictions, he was granted permanent residency.