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Moroccan-Born Muslim-Canadian Sales Manager Saad Allami Arrested in Québec for Text Urging Work Colleagues to “Blow Away” the Competition at NY Trade Show

A Moroccan-born Muslim-Canadian telecommunications sales manager was arrested, interrogated and humiliated by Québec provincial police after he sent an innocent text message to work colleagues urging them to “blow away” the competition at a New York trade show.

The Canadian Press reports that Saad Allami claims he was only trying to “pump up” his staff, who were on their way to a trade show in New York, with the text. He used the French word ‘exploser,’ a common finance term meaning to grow or succeed. But according to a lawsuit he filed, provincial police believed Allami posed a terrorism threat, and arrested him as he was picking up his seven-year-old son from school. Police then raided his home, horrifying his wife and telling her that she was married to a terrorist.

Allami’s lawsuit says he was detained for over a day while his house was searched.

“The whole time, the officers kept repeating to the plaintiff’s wife that her husband was a terrorist,” the suit reads.

“The treatment of the plaintiff and his wife was cavalier, illegal, aggressive, accusatory, and in violation of their most fundamental rights.”

Allami insists he has no ties to any terrorist or Islamic extremist groups. He has no criminal record.

Although he was not charged in connection with the incident, Allami says his career has suffered tremendously as a result of his high-profile arrest. He has not been able to obtain a certificate of good conduct, which is needed in order to continue working in finance, because of the incident. When he applied for the certificate, terrorism accusations and public mischief charges were found on his file.

“Without the certificate of good conduct, the plaintiff can no longer work in his profession,” the suit says.

Allami is seeking $100,000 in damages from the provincial government, provincial police and one specific sergeant for his unlawful detention, unlawful arrest, loss of income and damage to his reputation.

“Without any evidence, and without any follow-up, the (provincial police) just cannot go about arresting North Africans, of Muslim persuasion, inferring they are terrorists, giving them a police record, and destroying their reputation, credibility and livelihoods,” the lawsuit says.

Allami’s colleagues were also detained for hours at the U.S. border as they made their way to the trade show in New York.

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