Sunday, January 6, 2008

Video: Refugee claimant's church sanctuary

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Abdelkader Belaouni has marked the second anniversary of his deportation order from Canada. The 40 year old, who is blind and suffers from diabetes, found refuge in a Montreal presbytery January 1st, 2006. The Algerian Muslim was living in the U-S but says following the 9-11 attacks, he was placed on a special registration list and his passport was confiscated. He feared imprisonment and deportation to Algeria, prompting his move to Canada in March 2003. Citizenship and Immigration Canada denied his refugee claim on the grounds he was unemployed and had no family in the country. His case has gathered support from about 250 organizations in Quebec and M-P's from each of the four major political parties. From the Canadian Press, I'm Roger Ward.