Khatab Ismail attends a deportation hearing in Calgary, AB March 8, 2012.
Credits: JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY
But CBSA officials at Thursday's hearing pushed to have Khatab Ismail, who was ordered deported last year, removed.
Ismail was handed a seven-year sentence in 2008 for repeated sex attacks on a young boy who told his father about the abuse while reading the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorra.
Provincial court Judge Sandy Hamilton, in handing down the sentence, said the assaults inflicted on the boy -- who suffered the assaults between the ages of seven and nine -- left him psychologically scarred and twice trying suicide.
"This case ... presents itself as a portrait of the devastating consequences of child sexual abuse," Hamilton told court.
Ismail was convicted of sexual contact with a minor after courts rejected his "illogical and preposterous" claim DNA found in the boy's rectum likely got there when the child laid on his bed.
The child is not related to Ismail but often visited his home.
CBSA hearing officer Nathalie Holden said he needs to be detained given he poses a public danger and is unlikely to appear for removal.
Justice officials felt the registered child sex offender's chances of rehabilitation were slim, that Ismail denies any wrongdoing and although he took English lessons while in custody did not take counselling or rehabilitation, instead blaming his victim, the hearing heard.
Ismail, who was accompanied by a Kurdish interpreter but no lawyer, said he would be in danger if returned to Iraq and his mother will have a heart attack when she learns of the news.
A permanent resident, he came to Canada in 2001 as a protected person.
He finished his jail term on March 6 and been in CBSA custody since.
Officials wanting him removed from Canada have to prove the danger he poses to society here outweighs any dangers he faces if returned to Iraq.
He was ordered detained until next hearing March 14.