Lawsuit alleges workplace quip made Canadian Muslim a terrorist suspect

News Agencies – February 2, 2011

A Quebecois Muslim man alleges he’s become a terror suspect simply because of a workplace quip — he says all he did was tell his sales staff to “blow away” the competition at a trade show. Now Saad Allami is seeking $100,000 from the Quebec provincial police force, one of its sergeants and the provincial Justice Department. Allami says in a Quebec Superior Court filing that he was arrested in January 2011 and accused of being a terrorist because of a pep talk he gave fellow employees.

Allami was a sales manager for a telecommunications firm when he sent out a text message to staff urging them to “blow away” the competition at a New York City convention. He alleges that, three days later, he was arrested without warning by Quebec provincial police and detained for over a day while his house was searched. Allami says he has no links to terrorist organizations or the Islamic movement and that police acted without any evidence or research.

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