TORONTO - A Canadian Hindu advocacy group is calling on the federal government to grant refugee status to a filmmaker being deported from Spain for his controversial film about the Prophet Mohammed.
Ron Banerjee, director of Canadian Hindu Advocacy, says Imran Firasat faces certain execution if he is deported to his native Pakistan because of the film which is critical of the founder of Islam.
“If this guy gets sent back to Pakistan it’s a certain death sentence,” Banerjee said. “They’ve got blasphemy laws there. He will be executed for sure.”
Banerjee said Firasat had secured refugee status in Spain but was threatened with deportation if he released “The Innocent Prophet.” After it was released, the Spanish government took steps to rescind his residency, he said.
“This is getting world-wide coverage,” he said.
Banerjee has written Citizen and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, asking him to intercede and save Firasat’s life.