Iranian man convicted of sex assault of ex-girlfriend

A North Vancouver man has been convicted of assaulting and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend.

The pair, young adults of Iranian heritage, met in late 2012 and began a romantic relationship that the victim, who is only identified by the initials S.M. in a court ruling, described as being initially “generally satisfying and pleasant.”

But S.M. had some concerns about her boyfriend, only identified as M.H., because he was suspicious of her and tried to prevent her from socializing with her friends.

She testified that in May 2013, following a conversation, he slapped her twice across the face, causing a nose bleed and injuries to her lip and eye.

S.M. told the court that she didn’t want anyone in the Iranian community to know what had happened because nothing like that had ever happened to her before, she was an independent person and did not want to be seen to be a victim.

CANADA: Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) rally to condemn human rights abuse in Iran

 Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:12
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NCRI – Iranians in Canada and Holland have held rallies to condemn the human rights abuses that exist in Iran and urge international protection for Iranian dissidents who are under threat of massacre in Iraq.

All three rallies in Montréal, Ottawa and The Hague took place over the weekend.

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Ottawa held a banner which read “Stop executions in Iran” and another which read “29 hangings in one day: Mullahs’ leaders must be tried for crimes against humanity.”

They also held Iran’s tri-color flag.

In Holland, the protesting Iranians held a banner which read “Camp Liberty, now = a prison and totally unacceptable.”

‘No imminent threat’ to West Edmonton Mall, RCMP say

Andrea Janus and Michael Shulman,
Published Sunday, February 22, 2015 8:48AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:15PM EST

City police said there is “no imminent threat to Edmonton” after al-Shabab released a propaganda video on Sunday calling on Muslim fighters to launch attacks and named Canada’s West Edmonton Mall as a potential target.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, police said they are working closely with mall security and sharing information with the RCMP after the al Qaeda-linked rebel group in Somalia issued a video that urged attacks on shopping malls in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Al-Shabab was behind a 2013 shopping mall attack in Nairobi in which 67 people were killed.

Al-Shabab has released a video making threats against Canada, Britain and the U.S.

Edmonton Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson said police are taking the issue seriously, but they have not identified a “specific threat.”

“I have to emphasize I feel West Edmonton mall is very safe, I also feel that this community is very safe,” he added.

MONTREAL: Iranian artist Sadaf Foroughi given $12,000 grant to build Iranian “peep box”

Montreal artist fights for release of Iranian cargo


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The federal government has thrown another roadblock in the way of an Iranian-born artist whose attempt to complete a taxpayer-funded creation has become entangled in geopolitics and Canadian red tape.

Sadaf Foroughi, a 38-year-old filmmaker and permanent Canadian resident living in Montreal, spent two years and a $12,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts building a traditional Iranian “peep box,” or shahre farang. The installation, a tin box resembling a castle with three peep holes for viewing images inside and standing about two-metres high, was mostly built in Canada. To complete the work, Ms. Foroughi needed to travel to Iran to view vintage peep boxes up close, then bring the disassembled parts of her work back to Canada.

VANCOUVER: Iraqi refugge Faris Namrud pleads guilty to 6 counts of fraud over $5K

CBC News Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:00 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 9:32 AM PT

An Iraqi refugee with a long history of romancing and ripping off women in Canada has pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and could be deported once his sentence is served.

Faris Namrud, who arrived in Canada in 1999, already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.

On Monday, Namrud appeared in provincial court in Vancouver via video link and pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud over $5,000.

In the spring, CBC Investigates told the story of one Vancouver woman who said she lost $88,000 to the 46-year-old contractor, who took deposits but didn’t deliver on the work he promised.

A short time after the story aired, Namrud, who was then facing his 11th fraud charge in 10 years, turned himself in to police. More victims also came forward, and more fraud charges were laid.

Faris Namrud

Iraqi refugee Faris Namrud has already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. (CBC)

In some of the scams, women who fell victim said he used various Italian aliases, including Gino Montana and Franco Nemro Loranzo, and that he had romanced them out of their savings.

Iranian-Canadians feel betrayed by allegations against Jian Ghomeshi

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Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.


Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

By:  Business Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 10 2014

To many Iranian-Canadians, Jian Ghomeshi has long been their community’s brightest star, as he took great pride in his ethnic heritage and happily stepped into the spotlight at events and fundraisers.

But now, some are feeling a sense of sadness and betrayal amid widening allegations against him of sexual violence, and his firing as host of Q, one of the CBC’s most popular radio shows.

“He was an icon for so many of us in the Iranian community, particularly those of us who have any interest in media,” said Sima Sahar Zerehi, a journalist, teacher and human rights activist.