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CANADA, CITING ANTI-HATE LAWS, DENIES EX-FARRAKHAN AIDE ENTRY

Immigration authorities have prohibited a former aide of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan from entering Canada for a scheduled speech on grounds that he could violate anti-hate crime laws.

Khallid Abdul Muhammad was to speak Saturday night at the University of Toronto, but the school canceled his appearance.

However, a spokesman for the group organizing the event, Black Youth Congress, said Muhammad would speak instead at a rented hall this afternoon. They didn't explain how he would enter Canada.

Immigration authorities said Friday that Muhammad doesn't qualify for entry because of his criminal record and the possibility he could violate hate crime provisions of the Criminal Code.

Muhammad was suspended as a senior aide of the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist group led by Farrakhan, after a speech in November in which he made racist comments about Jews and the pope.

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