Category Archives: War crime

Supreme Court of Canada to hear case of Congolese refugee claimant Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola

Top court hears refugee case of diplomat deemed complicit in war crimes
By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News January 16, 2013

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case Thursday that grapples with how to determine just who is culpable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former high-level diplomat with the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally denied refugee status after he fled to Montreal with his family because he was found to be complicit by association with the crimes committed by the war-torn African country. Continue reading

Canada to extradite LTTE suspects Piratheepan Nadarajah and Suresh Sriskandarajah to US

Canada to extradite LTTE suspects to US

Saturday, 15 December 2012 01:21

Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Canada can proceed to extradite two Sri Lanka men the United States has accused of involvement with the Tamil Tigers, which waged a bloody war for independence in Sri Lanka and is considered a terrorist organisation by Washington and Ottawa, reuters reported.
Piratheepan Nadarajah was alleged to have tried to purchase surface-to-air missiles and AK-47 assault rifles for the Tamil Tigers from an undercover officer posing as a black-market arms dealer on Long Island, New York. Continue reading

88-year-old Helmut Oberlander stripped of citizenship over alleged connection to Nazi killing unit


Helmut Oberlander, right, has been at the centre of a legal wrangle for years over his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.

Ukrainian Canadian stripped of citizenship over connection to Nazi killing unit
Published on Thursday December 27, 2012

Mathew McCarthy/Waterloo Regional Record file photo
Helmut Oberlander, right, has been at the centre of a legal wrangle for years over his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
Debra Black
Immigration Reporter

An 88-year-old Ukrainian Canadian has once more been stripped of his Canadian citizenship by the federal government and is facing possible deportation over his connection to a Nazi killing unit. Continue reading

Convicted war criminal Omar Khadr set foot on Canadian soil early Saturday following an American military flight from Guantanamo Bay

Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay, circa 2009.
Photograph by: Handout

Convicted war criminal Omar Khadr ‘very, very happy to be home’ in Canada
By Colin Perkel with files from Meghan Hurley, The Canadian Press and The Ottawa Citizen September 29, 2012
Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay, circa 2009.
Photograph by: Handout

TORONTO — A decade after 15-year-old Omar Khadr was pulled near death from the rubble of a bombed-out compound in Afghanistan, the Canadian citizen set foot on Canadian soil early Saturday following an American military flight from the notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr was immediately whisked off to a maximum-security facility in eastern Ontario following the five-hour flight to CFB Trenton, Ont.

“He’s finding it hard to believe that this has finally happened,” John Norris, one of Khadr’s lawyers, told The Canadian Press just after speaking to his client by phone.

“His spirits are good. He is very, very happy to be home.” Continue reading

Bogus Turkish refugee declared war criminal

Among young people, Turkey’s unemployment rate is considerably lower than many countries in Europe, including Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy.

Canada declares bogus Turkish refugee a war criminal
Turkish refugee
August 24, 2012
By: Steffan Ileman

It’s hard for any refugee claimant, nowadays, to convince Canada’s Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB) that he or she is a real refugee since most claims are rejected offhand as lacking credibility. This claimant’s problem isn’t that the Board didn’t believe him. His problem is that the IRB was only too willing to believe everything he said about the story allegedly created by a member of a terrorist organisation, and his claim was rejected for the wrong reasons.

Like many “economic refugees” that Canada just loathes GY thought his only option to remain in Canada was to apply for refugee status after he dumped his Canadian wife. His father HY, who’s a naturalised Canadian citizen and drives a late model BMW, says this is a stupid kid that just doesn’t listen to advice from his elders. Although he lacks any formal education and hardly speaks any English, HY has successfully helped many inhabitants of his village in the old country settle in Canada. Judging by his car and brand-new SUV, he knows more about business and the system than the millions of university-educated immigrants that are barely scraping a living in this country. Continue reading

ACT! for Canada and Marc Lebuis: Omar Khadr rally in Montreal


ACT! for Canada Omar Khadr Rally in Montreal

On July 18th, the Quebec chapter of ACT! for Canada organized a rally to alert Canadians of the upcoming repatriation of convicted war criminal Omar Ahmed Khadr.
Guest speaker: Marc Lebuis of Point de Bascule.

Sri Lankan Nadarajah Kuruparan “complicit” in war crimes

 Naval Commodore (retd) Nadarajah Kuruparan Case in Canada: Text of Judgement
Former Sri Lankan naval officer ‘complicit’ in war crimes: Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board
Stewart Bell
Jul 2, 2012 – 6:56 PM ET | Last Updated: Jul 2, 2012 7:07 PM ET

One of Sri Lanka’s top naval officers has fled to Canada but federal officials are refusing to accept his refugee claim on the grounds he was complicit in war crimes during the troubled island’s long civil war against Tamil rebels.

Nadarajah Kuruparan was Commodore of the Sri Lanka Navy, third in rank behind the Admiral, when he retired in June 2009 — just weeks after his forces helped defeat the separatist Tamil Tigers in a conflict that left untold civilians dead. Continue reading

Five more criminals added to CBSA’s most wanted list

Five more added to CBSA’s most wanted list
June 4, 2012. 3:31 pm • Section: Crime and Justice
Posted by: Tobi Cohen

OTTAWA — The Canada Border Services Agency has added five new names to its most wanted list and just days ago gave the boot to criminal Damion Rami Butler more than four months after he was apprehended in Toronto.

The latest additions include Ibrahima Isse, 46, of Senegal who is wanted for war crimes and Patrick Octaves de Florimonte, 34, of Guyana, who is considered inadmissible due to a slew of assault, dangerous driving and drug trafficking convictions in Canada.

Also added to the list:

Kemford Sebastian Durrant, 32, of St. Vincent and the Grenadines who is inadmissible due to convictions for theft, mischief, possession of a narcotic substance, assault with intent to resist arrest, uttering threats and failure to comply with recognizance.

Otto Horvath Bors, 43, of Hungary who is inadmissible for failing to comply with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Media reports have indicated he took off from Toronto’s Pearson Airport when he was being deported to face fraud charges in his homeland.

Homayoon Pooli, 36, of Iran who is considered inadmissible having been convicted of kidnapping, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Butler was arrested arrested in January by the RCMP. He’d been convicted of drug trafficking and mischief over $5,000, among other run-ins with the law, and was finally deported last Thursday.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, Canadians have so far helped locate 25 individuals in Canada, 19 of whom have been removed. Five others were located abroad.

The success of this initiative is a confirmation that Canadians believe in making our communities safer. I commend law enforcement agencies and members of the public who have worked together to identify and locate those who commit crimes and attempt to evade justice,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement.

“Together, these measures are sending a strong message that Canada will not be home to those who come to this country with ill intent.”

Rwandan Jacques Mungwarere pleads not guilty in Ottawa war crimes trial

Rwandan man pleads not guilty in Ottawa war crimes trial
CBC News
Posted: May 28, 2012 7:28 AM ET Last Updated: May 28, 2012 2:59 PM ET
Rwandan Hutu refugees are seen here evacuated by train from the Biaro refugee camp south of Kisangani in eastern Congo, then Zaire, in May 1997. (John Moore/Associated Press)

A former schoolteacher accused of participating in the mass genocide in Rwanda pleaded not guilty as his war crimes trial began Monday.

Jacques Mungwarere, 39, is accused of leading or participating in massacres in two churches and a hospital in Kibuye. (Laurie Foster-MacLeod/CBC)

Jacques Mungwarere, 39, is the second Rwandan to be prosecuted under Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, which was introduced in 2000 and allows for prosecution no matter where or when an alleged war crime may have been committed.
Jacques Mungwarere, 39, is accused of leading or participating in massacres in two churches and a hospital in Kibuye. (Laurie Foster-MacLeod/CBC)

Mungwaware, arrested in 2009 in Windsor, Ont., has opted for a trial by judge only.

He sat behind his legal team in court, listening as prosecutors laid out their case to a judge at an Ottawa courtroom Monday.

The prosecution said it would call upon several witnesses who claim they saw Mungwawere take part in an attack on a hospital where Tutsis had sought shelter. Continue reading

Minister Kenney rejects call for Khadr compensation


In this image released by the U.S. Defence Press Operations, Pentagone, on Oct. 31, 2010, shows a file photo of Canadian Omar Khadr constructing an IED (an improvised explosive device). Canadian extremist militant Omar Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Oct. 31, 2010, but only faces eight years under a plea deal. Courtesy U.S. Defence Operations/AFP/Getty Images

Minister rejects call for Khadr compensation
By Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: May 22, 2012 5:10pm

OTTAWA – Canada’s immigration minister scoffs at the idea of taxpayers compensating terrorist Omar Khadr for Canada’s complicity in his alleged torture at the American prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Has he compensated the family of Sgt. Christopher Speer, the American soldier he has admitted to killing?” asks Jason Kenney in an e-mail.

Kenney’s comments come in response to testimony delivered to the UN Committee Against Torture by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), one of 11 left-wing groups appearing before the committee in Geneva this week on a host of issues.

LRWC told the committee Khadr should be returned to Canada immediately with a Royal Commission investigating his torture claims and assessing how much compensation taxpayers should pay. Continue reading