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Edmonton Imam Home After Saudi Detention

11/19/2011 06:44 EST | Updated 01/19/2012 05:12 EST
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The Edmonton imam who was arrested and reportedly beaten by authorities in Saudi Arabia is back home.

Usama Al-Atar was leading a pilgrimage in the city of Medina when he was arrested and briefly detained last month.

Mahmood Mavani, who works with Al-Atar in Edmonton, says the imam was eager to see his wife and young child.

"The family needs that time to themselves right now because they've gone through a lot," he said.

Mavani says the community is relieved to have the imam back.

Al-Atar is expected to speak publicly on Sunday about his ordeal.