Former Iraqi minister, lawyer, and political activist Ahmed Al-Haboubi poses for a photograph after an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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Ahead of a visit last month to Poland by the pope, with security extremely high, Polish police arrested an Iraqi man for possessing "trace amounts" of an explosive. A month later, the man is still in a Polish prison and his father is appealing for his release, insisting that his son is innocent and that the suspicious material was nothing more than a bit of paint on his suitcase. Sinan al-Haboubi, 48, was arrested on July 21 in the central Polish city of Lodz on charges of possessing explosives, a crime that carries a prison sentence ranging from six months to eight years. Many Poles strongly oppose accepting Muslims, seeing them as threats to security and the country's strong Catholic identity.Haboubi has also sent a letter to Polish authorities telling them that his son comes from a Shiite family, stressing that he could not have connections to Daesh (ISIS) or other extremist organizations, which are based on the Sunni branch of Islam.
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