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US 'disappointed' by extradition
Date: Tuesday, January 17 2006
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U.S. Attorney's office believes man helped Millennium Bomber plot attack on L.A.

By GREG JOYCE

Saturday, January 14, 2006 Page A12

Canadian Press

VANCOUVER -- The U.S. agency involved in the sentencing of convicted terrorist Ahmed Ressam expressed disappointment yesterday that the Canadian government deported a man it believed was "involved in worldwide terrorism" and whom it wanted extradited to face terrorism charges.

Accused terrorist Samir Ait Mohamed was quietly deported from Canada earlier this week after spending 4 years in custody fighting to stay in the country, Janis Fergusson, spokeswoman for Canada Border Services Agency, confirmed yesterday.

Mr. Mohamed was alleged to belong to a Canadian-based, Algerian terrorist cell that plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport.

Information at immigration review hearings in 2001 also contained allegations that Canadian authorities suspected he plotted to stage violent attacks in Montreal.

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