Monday, December 05, 2005

The tragic failure of Canada's immigration authorities

In March, Mohamed Hagi Mohamud, an immigrant from Somalia, "grabbed Erika Martyn, a 33-year-old mother of three, outside a Surrey SkyTrain station and forced her to his apartment, where she was sexually assaulted, then beaten with punches, kicks and a metal object to the point of losing consciousness four times. She still bears physical and emotional scars from the ordeal."

As the National Post explains, this terrible crime was preventable, and indeed should have been prevented by the Federal authorities if they had anything like a semblance of competency.


It turns out that Mohamud, who has been in Canada since 1990, had already served time for a 1997 assault with a weapon, and for a 2002 assault causing bodily harm. Both of those crimes are deportable offences; and yet even after completing his second sentence, Mohamud was not held pending removal. Instead, he was given a hearing date and released into the community.

Predictably, he never turned up for that hearing. Immigration officials are unable to explain why Mohamud was not deported after either of those convictions, or indeed why he was still at large given his history of violence.
Scandalous. As an immigrant myself, I have no problems whatsoever with the Government cracking down on foreign nationals and deporting their asses if they commit serious criminal offences. Sadly for Ms. Martyn, there is far too much craven political correctness in Canada over this issue, and she'll bear the scars of it for the rest of her life.

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