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Hadian: ‘Not against refugees, but program is broken, corrupted’

Shahram Hadian told the audience at the Capitol auditorium tonight, “Protesters and media can say what they want but I want you to hear it from my mouth – I’m not against refugees, but I’m against this particular program as it stands. … This program is broken, it’s corrupted.”

He said as a former Muslim born in Iran, “I have relatives … who believe that their highest goal is to go kill themselves for the sake of Allah.”

Drawing assents from the audience, Hadian said he believes the Muslim Brotherhood is helping influence acceptance of refugees to promote jihad. “If I said to you that I’m going to send 10 people to your house, and you have no say who they are, and oh by the way … two of those people are known murderers, are going to try to kill you,” he said, “but you should show them compassion, let them in, give them a hug, give them food. Does that make sense?”

He also told the group repeatedly that Fazliddin Kurbanov, an Uzbek refugee who was just recently sentenced to 25 years in prison on terrorism-related charges in Boise, was a Bosnian refugee. Idaho has a significant Bosnian refugee population, but Kurbanov was not part of it; Uzbekistan is more than 2,000 miles from Bosnia.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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