Police deport Iran critic working for convicted employer

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Norwegian police deported a critic of the regime in Iran earlier this week. He’d been working illegally for a Norwegian employment agency whose owner, Arne Viste, was recently convicted for having hired undocumented workers. 

Karim Salahy’s live-in partner told newspaper Klassekampen that he was only taken as far as Amsterdam when he and the police were stopped because Turkish Airlines reportedly wouldn’t fly him from Amsterdam to Istanbul. “He apparently was unruly and made a lot of noise and they (the airline) didn’t want him on board,” said Salahy’s partner Shiva Sultanfar. Police won’t comment on specific deportation cases but Sultanfar believes he’s now being held at an undisclosed location.

He’d been openly working for the Norwegian employment agency Plog AS, owned by Arne Viste who has legally challenged Norway’s asylum system on behalf of asylum seekers. Viste was convicted and received a suspended one-year prison term for employing asylum seekers who have not received formal residence and working permission in Norway. Viste has appealed his sentence, and continues to hire illegal aliens on the grounds that everyone has a right to work and support themselves.

Salahy sought asylum in Norway 12 years ago but didn’t receive it. He stayed on illegally in the country and converted to Christianity. He’d been on a hunger strike for nearly a month when authorities escorted him out of the country.

newsinenglish.no staff