An Edmonton man’s wife is begging the public to consider his innocence and to be objective in assessing the man himself, 38 year old Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, who is accused of taking part in a suicide bombing which killed five soldiers in Iraq. Mr. Sharif is currently facing extradition to the U.S, where he is charged with being an associate to a multinational terrorist network.
The Globe and Mail reports that the U.S. Department of Justice claims that Mr. Sharif’s charges can be evidenced by information gathered in Canadian court, authorized wiretaps, and search warrants. Mr. Sharif’s common-law wife, Cara Rain, is accusing the Justice Department of being too subjective in their assessment of her husband, as they seem to be focusing on his Islamic religion rather than his actual actions.
Ms. Rain states: “I would not have shared my home, and shared my life, and shared my children’s life with a terrorist. And to my knowledge, the evidence that the U.S. has against Sayfildin is not enough to prove he is a terrorist or has terrorist tendencies.” Ms. Rain further rejected what investigators argue was Mr. Sharif’s personal view of his faith: invoking it for suicide bombers, with promises of 70 virgins and honour in the afterlife.
Mr. Sharif faces a life sentence if convicted. Ms. Rain, meanwhile, awaits his release.