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An Afghan refugee has been accused of raping a woman in Missoula, Montana, the state’s governor said Thursday — and he called on the Biden administration to halt all refugee resettlement until reassurances about the vetting process go.

Greg Gianfort’s office said in a statement that an Afghan man held in Montana by the US State Department was charged with sexual assault.


The Missoula Police Department told Granthshala that Zabihullah Muhamand was arrested after receiving a 911 call about behavior related to the victim and a local motel. Muhamand, 19, is now being held in the Missoula County Jail on charges of sexual intercourse without consent and the case is being investigated by detectives – but did not confirm the status of his evacuation. The local court told Granthshala News that there was a federal hold on Muhamand.

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The victim says she met Muhamand, who asked her to return to her hotel room, but said she didn’t want anything to happen, with court documents reviewed by a Granthshala News show. According to those documents, the victim was later seen disturbed in the lobby and 911 was called. Officers found the victim’s bra and socks in Muhamand’s room. The person said that the incident happened with consent.

The incident was first reported by a local outlet KGVO.

In a statement, Gianfort said that while he “welcomes full-identified Afghan allies to Montana, this situation and others around the country raise serious concerns about whether the Biden administration will fully support Afghans before resettlement.” To see the way is fulfilling its obligations.”

“I am calling on President Biden to immediately halt resettlement to Montana until federal agencies give me sufficient assurance that Afghans visiting Montana are thoroughly investigated in accordance with federal law,” he said. ,” They said.

Sen. Steve Dines, R-Mont, said the suspect had been admitted to the United States and placed in Montana under humanitarian parole, and supported stopping rehabilitation.

“The results and consequences of President Biden’s disastrous return from Afghanistan continue to grow,” he said in a statement. “While I support helping our fully screened Afghan allies who serve with our armed forces, President Biden has failed to respond to who has arrived in the country or whether as required by law. They have been thoroughly investigated as required. I spoke to Governor Gianfort about this situation, and I stand by President Biden to stop all Afghan resettlement in Montana until we get an answer. Am.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., who for weeks has expressed concern about screening citizens, and introduced legislation on the matter, said the country was paroled without proper screening. The Department of Homeland Security, which is overseeing Operation Allies Welcome, did not immediately return Granthshala News’ request for comment.

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“These untested Afghans do not share our culture and our values, and as this horrific incident shows they represent a serious risk to our communities,” Rosendale said. “We cannot allow this administration to jeopardize the safety of our communities and the security of our nation in the name of sympathy.”

He also urged a halt to the resettlement of civilians, and called on Biden to “start removing resettled Afghan evacuees from the United States.”

The Biden administration is bringing thousands of Afghan citizens into the country in the wake of the US decline. It has said the process is multi-layered and officials say investigations and security are carried out by intelligence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials from multiple agencies.

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“We screen and screen individuals before they board planes to travel to the United States, and the screening and vetting process is an ongoing and multistage process,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said last month.

But Republicans have raised concerns about the revision process, and have pointed to a number of cases in which Afghans have been accused of serious crimes – although administration officials have noted that they still come in relatively small numbers. .

A female soldier at Fort Bliss in New Mexico is reported to have been attacked by a group of male evacuees on September 19 – an incident being investigated by the FBI. Subsequently, a 20-year-old Afghani, Bahrullah Noori, was charged with using force against the man to attempt to engage in sexual activity with a minor, as well as three others of engaging in sexual activity with a minor. With cases, was charged. Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Another 32-year-old Mohammed Haroon Imad, who was evacuated from Fort McCoy, was charged with suffocating his wife on September 17 and assaulting her by suffocation.