Adrian Humphreys Apr 3, 2012 – 10:06 PM ET | Last Updated: Apr 3, 2012 10:13 PM ET
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Claimant Sampson Jalloh said he was forced to aid the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, led by Charles Taylor, centre.
By Adrian Humphreys
Sampson Jalloh was a young man when conscripted by the rebel army in Liberia that had tortured and murdered his father. A member of the Mandingo ethnic minority, his job was to go into villages and lure fellow Mandingoes out of their homes, where they would be brutalized and killed by rebel fighters.
After four years of such barbarism he fled, eventually arriving in Canada, where he claimed refugee status.
His appeal for sanctuary here has been turned down, however, with the government not believing he was forced into his gruesome duties, instead declaring him guilty of crimes against humanity and being a member of an organization engaged in terrorism and subversion. He has been ordered deported, but his removal still faces potential legal challenges.
The case highlights the stark, potentially life-or-death questions that must be answered by the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. Mr. Jalloh, now 41 and living in Toronto, and his lawyer argued that he was a victim of the atrocities, not complicit in them.read more