A refugee found guilty of child pornography and sexually assaulting minors was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
According to The Calgary Herald, Tanzirul Alam was convicted of 17 offences involving the girls, ages 14 and 15, including sexual assault, sexual contact with a person under 16, luring, making and transmitting child pornography and obstruction.
The obstruction charge came as Alam made hundreds of phone calls while in the Calgary Remand Centre and convinced a victim to lie in court.
Alam had lured victims he met online and then sexually assaulted them on video. Some of the images were then shared on the internet.
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The 29-year-old from Bangladesh claimed that being tortured by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists contributed to his actions. He also said blamed the Canadian government for not educating newcomers to Canadian law and predicted that more refugees would be committing similar acts.
“I believe, in a way, I’m a victim of a system that is not perfect,” he said.
Crown prosecutor Donna Spaner called Alam's statement “self-serving” and claimed his warning about refugees was false.
However, as we recently saw in New Brunswick, a Syrian refugee who beat his wife with a hockey stick said officials didn’t inform him of differences in Canadian laws.
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