Dove World Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones speaks to the media on September 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) - A spokeswoman for U.S. pastor Terry Jones says Canada has denied entry to the preacher, whose congregation held a Quran burning in March 2011 that triggered deadly protests in Afghanistan.
Stephanie Sapp said Thursday that Jones was turned back at the Michigan-Ontario border. She says officials denied him entry because of a fine he got in Germany almost 20 years ago for using the title "doctor" there, as well as a criminal charge of breaching the peace at a planned rally in Detroit last year.
Jones was scheduled to participate in a debate about "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Muslim film that has recently sparked violent protests in the Arab world.
Canadian border officials said it is not their practice to confirm whether someone has been denied entry into the country.
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