Mohamed Hayward told reporters the situation escalated as they made their way across the courtyard of the nearby mosque.
A member of the religious force began calling Al-Atar a thief in Arabic, he said, and that led to Al-Atar being swarmed by a group of people.
“He virtually choked, we could see him go black and blue,” Hayward said. “We’re absolutely still in shock.”A member of the religious force, huh? Sounds to me like he knew exactly who the imam was, and yelled thief so's he had an excuse to arrest him. Of course, you'd never suspect that from the Sun's account, which doesn't explicitly mention that the imam is a Shia (but which you could extrapolate from the fact that he's "originally from the Iraqi city of Karbala"), and which highlights his secular scientific endeavours:
Al-Atar is a well-known cleric with several publications in the fields of Diabetes and Cancer research.Now, why would anyone want to arrest him, a man of science? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Officials at Edmonton’s Islamic Centre University, and Downtown Islamic Centre both declined to comment or offer reaction on the alleged injustice.Gee, I wonder why.