- One was a militia commander responsible for systematic human rights abuses in Ghana. Another was a Sri Lankan soldier who buried torture victims in mass graves. Yet another was part of an Indian army unit that tortured and killed Sikhs.
The National Post has obtained a secret government list that names dozens of people wanted by Canadian authorities for their suspected involvement in war crimes. They were supposed to be deported, but never were.
This is the case that got me:
- Jian Qui Chen was a security guard at two Chinese hospitals that performed forced abortions. Pregnant women were "dragged in to have abortions performed, kicking and screaming," according to his refugee file.
He was found to be complicit in crimes against humanity and was to be deported. He was supposed to show up to finalize the paperwork for his deportation in July, 2001. Instead, he disappeared and a warrant was issued.
So this guy knows he's going to be deported and they let him run around on his own. Why in the world wouldn't he vanish? What's the downside? If they recapture him, all they're going to do is deport him. Whatever made the court think he would show up? Were they relying on the honor of a man who dragged women kicking and screaming to a hospital bed to have their baby murdered inside their body? Well, thankfully they captured him two years later. And then an immigration judged ordered him set free. It's not clear from the article whether he was set free because the judged decided that this time they could rely on his honor, or if the judge decided that dragging women kicking and screaming to one of the worst violations imaginable isn't a crime against humanity.
Jian isn't the only one of these monsters who was released after it was a pretty sure thing he was going to be deported and then disapeared. I'm strongly in favor of laws that limit how long the government can hold someone, but deportation cases are different. If you are being held pending a deportation hearing, you can get out any time you want: just ask them to escort you to the nearest airport. This is much less of a burden than being held with no recourse.
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