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Man accused of spray-painting homophobic graffitti on Saskatoon churches is awaiting deportation to Iran

The man accused of spray-painting homophobic slurs on three United Churches and the pride mural at the University of Saskatchewan is also awaiting deportation to Iran.

Amir Bozorgmehr, 36, is charged with mischief in connection with the vandalism. He’s due back in court in July.

Bozorgmehr is currently living at the Lighthouse Assisted Living building and subject to several court-ordered conditions. 

That legal process is unfolding alongside efforts by the Canadian government to remove Bozorgmehr from the country, but the deportation has hit a snag, said senior provincial Crown prosecutor Dan Dahl.

“Immigration authorities have advised Public Prosecutions that enforcement processes have been completed for this individual and there is a removal order in place that can be enforced,” Dahl said in an interview.

“However, because there are no diplomatic relations with Iran a passport at this time cannot be obtained, as this individual has no identification.”

Bozorgmehr appeared in court by phone Monday to face his latest charges. As part of his release, the John Howard Society was asked to help find supports in the community while the legal process plays out.

John Howard has a national contract with the Canadian Border Services Agency to help men who are charged with criminal offences but who are not Canadian citizens. Shawn Fraser with John Howard confirmed that the non-profit is helping Bozorgmehr get placed at the Lighthouse.

Bozorgmehr admitted in court Monday to spray-painting the graffitti on the church doors. The text included references to “sodomites” and repentance. During his court appearance he quoted from the Book of Revelations.

Saskatoon Police said hate crime charges were considered.

“Section 319 of the Criminal Code refers to incitement of hatred,” police spokesperson Alyson Edwards said in an email.

“However, our investigators did not feel the offences fit into that category.”

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