Passport investigator reassigned for alleged affair with Iran-linked businessman

Arian Azarbar. (Handout)

Arian Azarbar. (Handout)

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — Passport Canada has reassigned a senior investigator for an alleged affair with an Iranian-Canadian businessman.

Trina Kennedy is the second Canadian public official to be reassigned for alleged links to Montrealer Arian Azarbar.

Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Philippe Paul was reassigned last month amid allegations he had leaked information to Azarbar.

The RCMP is investigating the Paul case, and QMI Agency has learned the probe centres around "an Iranian intelligence officer," though Azarbar denied being the officer in question.

He did say he and Kennedy were longtime lovers.

The federal government confirmed an investigator in its Ottawa office has been relieved of duty.

Alexis Pavelich, a spokesman for the Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said the government has launched an investigation.

"As soon as Minister Alexander was made aware of these allegations, he asked officials to take swift and robust action to gather the facts of this matter, and to ensure security and program integrity were not compromised in any way," Pavelich wrote in an e-mail.

Meantime, Kennedy no longer has access to federal government computer systems.

Her access to federal offices is also being "strictly controlled," according to a source familiar with the file.

 


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