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Another stranded Canadian in Kenya coming home, & more evidence of ministerial screwups (or worse).

As I said a couple of days ago, it was likely that this young man would finally get some action from the Canadian government on his 3 years of being stranded in Kenya due to the fallout from the Suaad Hagi Mohamud embarrassment, and that appears to be the case:

Abdihakim Mohamed, a 25-year-old autistic man of Somali origin, has been unable to get a passport to return to Canada because his mother, Anab Mohamed Issa, could not convince Foreign Affairs officials he was really her son..The recent case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, accused by Canadian diplomats of faking her identity, brought new attention to the case of Mr. Mohamed, […]


That’s pretty rich, Mister Harper

He says he only became aware of the Suaad Hagi Mohamud case last week, after it’s been in the papers for a couple of months:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s happy Suaad Hagi Mohamud is back in Canada but admits he’s waiting for answers about her nightmare at the hands of Canadian officials. Harper suggested he became aware of the case only last week, even though her well-publicized plight of being stuck in Kenya had begun 11 weeks earlier. “When we became aware of the case last week, we asked our officials in various departments to give us some information,” Harper said at a news conference yesterday. “Obviously there […]


1 part fundraising move, 1 part ideology = Harper’s stance on Omar Khadr (& other matters)

There’s a column in the Star today from Professor Errol Mendes, who teaches constitutional and international law at the University of Ottawa, on the background of the Omar Khadr case as it has wound through the Canadian courts. There is also an observation or 2 from Professor Mendes about Stephen Harper being offside with the court decisions, and he lists a reason about why he thinks Harper continues to oppose asking for repatriation, and why he potentially will appeal the latest 2-1 Federal Appeals Court ruling against him ordering him to ask for Omar Khadr’s repatriation to the Supreme Court of Canada:

The rulings by the Canadian Supreme Court in […]


Props to Toronto Star reporter John Goddard for his reporting on Suaad Hagi Mohamud

I don’t know what else can be said by me other then that upon reading his commentary in the Star today on his role in reporting on the Suaad Hagi Mohamud case (who is now finally back in Canada after being denied that she was a Canadian for 3 months), and helping to publicly embarrass the Canadian government into action on this case.

One section of his commentary though lists some questions – questions that will need to be answered:

One of the greatest mysteries of the case is how immune the Canadian High Commission proved to be against her natural charm and obvious integrity. When humanitarians from Ecoterra […]


Hard hitting.

This is one of the harder hitting editorials (titled A country that abandons its own) I’ve seen come out of the Toronto Star on any issue in quite awhile. It’s referring of course to the specific case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, the Canadian who was falsely accused of being an impostor, and offering little help to her in defending herself against Kenyan charges (they in fact wrongly recommended to the Kenyans to charge her).

However, the editorial does talk about the difficulties other Canadians have had with getting help from their government while overseas and in trouble, and it bluntly states:

If Canadian citizen Suaad Hagi Mohamud were wealthy […]


No reason to keep her from coming home now, is there?

Whoever is in the Canadian consulate in Kenya who decided this lady was a fraud should be out of a job:

DNA tests have confirmed a Toronto woman marooned in Kenya really is who she says she is. Somali-born Suaad Hagi Mohamud has been stuck in Nairobi for more than two months after she was told her lips did not match her passport photo when she tried to travel home… The charges were laid as a result of the Canadian government saying Mohamud was not who her passport said she was… Canadian consular officials said she was an “impostor,” voided her passport and sent the case to Kenyan authorities for […]

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