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Hana Sakkat, Edmonton Woman, Accused Of Stalking Dance Teacher

03/17/2015 04:22 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT
EDMONTON - A woman has been arrested in Germany and extradited to Canada to face charges of harassing and threatening an instructor and patrons of a dance studio.

Police allege 38-year-old Hana Sakkat of Edmonton stalked her dance teacher after he thwarted her romantic advances in 2013. They say she followed him once to a dance competition in Las Vegas.

They also say she then made online threats — some that were anti-Semitic and violent — to various members of the studio.

Police allege the campaign continued after last May, when Sakkat left Canada and was in Dubai and the United Kingdom.

Interpol flagged her passport and German police arrested her in January at the Frankfurt airport before she was to board a flight for the United States. Edmonton police travelled there last week, after extradition was granted, and escorted her back home.

One of the alleged victims is Edmonton CTV news anchor Joel Gotlib.

"The past year and a half has been very difficult on me and my family," Gotlib said Tuesday.

He said he couldn't comment further on the case now that it's before the court.

The owner of the Arthur Murray dance studio in Edmonton did not return a request for comment.

Sakkat appeared in court Monday on charges of criminal harassment, uttering threats, fraud and breach of recognizance. She is to appear again March 23 for a bail hearing.

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