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Montreal imam has passport revoked; was once named as 'subject of interest' in probe

Federal officials have revoked the passport of an Iranian-trained Montreal imam once described by the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team as a "subject of interest in an ongoing investigation."

Ali Sbeiti, who was born in Iraq but has been a Canadian citizen since 1991, was notified in a Nov. 19 letter that his passport had been "invalidated" and that Passport Canada was reviewing his "eligibility for passport services."

The four-page letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada advised Mr. Sbeiti he could no longer use his passport and that he had to return it immediately. While it cited federal regulations, the letter did not explain why the action was taken.

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