21 August 2009

An emerging Canadian tradition

Investigate, my arse... get me a lawyer...

-- TORONTO -- A Canadian woman who was stranded for months in Kenya over false claims that she was an impostor is suing Ottawa for $2.5 million for her ordeal.
And regardless of all the talk of litigation... the investigation will proceed.
Sources say the ongoing probe, by the Foreign Affairs and Public Safety departments, will be wide-ranging and cover more than the controversial May 28 letter Khadour wrote that opened the door to Kenyan authorities to prosecute Mohamud, 31, before she was able to prove her identity with a DNA test.
Despite the best efforts of the opposition and the media to portray this as more "systemic racism" at the behest of the federal government... this situation appears to have come about largely as the result of the actions of one Canadian diplomat.

And presumably, there would have to be more conclusive evidence than a bad passport picture.
"Please be advised that we have carried out conclusive investigations including an interview and have confirmed that the person brought to the Canadian High Commission on suspicion of being an impostor is not the rightful holder of the aforementioned passport," the letter stated.
Apparently, Ms. Khadour now has a "team of lawyers"... who, presumably, are also not interested in the money...
One of her lawyers, Julian Falconer, called her ordeal “Kafkaesque.”

An inquiry must be called to investigate whether Mohamud's race and culture played a role in how she was treated, said Falconer, who represented Maher Arar in his lawsuit against Ottawa.

“If a Caucasian person had been in Suaad's position in Kenya, would she have received the callous and reckless treatment she did?” he said.
I dunno Julian... maybe you could ask Bill Sampson.

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15 comments:

Fred said...

I'm waiting for her to claim she was tortured.

Have to at least try and keep up with the other grievance mongerers.

Neo Conservative said...

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and what do you suppose it was... that prompted the canadian vice consul in kenya, liliane khadour to state...

"Please be advised that we have carried out conclusive investigations including an interview and have confirmed that the person brought to the Canadian High Commission on suspicion of being an impostor is not the rightful holder of the aforementioned passport."

interesting that a professional diplomat like ms. khadour could be so far off the mark here.

incompetence, malfeasance... or is there something else in play here?

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Anonymous said...

It's a setup. How doesn't anyone see it.

I guarantee that the Kenyan official is in on this so Harper can be labeled a "racist" right in time for an election.

This story is a setup. No doubt about it.

She waited only hours before filing this lawsuit and I would bet my house that the CBC, Toronto Star, and the Liberal Party all had operatives talking to the lawyer defending her weeks ago.

This country is a joke and this is another example.

Harper is painted as a "racist" by the Liberal media in the hopes they can steal a couple immigrant seats in the next election.

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Memories of Arar, let her sue the Kenyan government and see what rewards she will receive.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... This story is a setup. No doubt about it."

well... i don't know what's actually going on here... but that, my friend, is the point... neither does anybody else.

i'm willing to wait and see what the official investigation reveals.

it ain't passin' the sniff test so far... so let's get to the actual facts.

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maryT said...

Sue the diplomat, not the govt. I also think this is a set up, and notice another cdn of convenience of coming forward.
So maybe the PM can campaing on, the libs/ndp/media are in favor of giving millions to lawyers and so called victims of whatever. With all the problems these people have had overseas and getting back to canada, maybe they should never leave. Or if they do sign a pledge that if they get into trouble they wont expect millions from the canadian taxpayer for their stupidity.
Still waiting for side by side of all the pics of this woman, who looks different every time.

Neo Conservative said...

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before she got back to canada, ms. mohamud's kenyan lawyer was already threatening to sue everybody in sight... her initial toronto lawyer tried desperately to change the channel and just talk about her precarious health... and now she has engaged julian (of jordan manners fame) falconer to carry her flag.

but, hey... it's not about the money.

or we could simply wait a bit to see what the official investigation reveals.

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Werner Patels said...

Well, let's hope Eddie Greenspan is on her team of lawyers. If so, she's bound to lose!

Kateland, aka TZH said...

i'm willing to wait and see what the official investigation reveals. So Neo - tell us how will we even know when the official investigation 'reveals' or even ends? The Prime Minister has promised no public inquiry and the Minister of Foreign Affairs refuses to commit to revealing anything an 'internal inquiry' reveals. See here.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/08/19/kenya-mohamud-consular-probe081909.html

While it is all well and good for you to insinuate 'Arab-Black' racism on the part Canadian born Khadour; it won't excuse Cannon's failure to act since he knew of the Mohamud matter since June 12, 2009 and did nothing – Damn those Liberal paper trails.... Anyhoo, my advice to you is not to hold your breath waiting for the findings of 'official' investigation.

One more thing Apparently, Ms. Khadour now has a "team of lawyers"... who, presumably, are also not interested in the money...
One of her lawyers, Julian Falconer, called her ordeal “Kafkaesque.”

How do you know Ms. Khadour has a team of lawyers? I know Ms. Mohamud does but I find it rather entertaining how just two names seems to have your thought processes all crossed. For the record, if was done to the Last Amazon, she'd be suing to high heavens and so would you if if was done to you. And I am glad Ms. Mohamud is suing, and her winning her lawsuit against the government is the best insurance to ensure it is never done to my daughter was what done to Ms. Mohamud.

Neo Conservative said...

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"werner says... If so, she's bound to lose!"

see werner... that's where we differ... i'm perfectly willing to have the situation fully investigated and let the evidence vindicate ms mohamud. you, on the other hand, have already convicted her... based on what?

you might wanna save stuff like this for more like-minded sites... 'cos i'm just not interested.

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"kateland says... it is all well and good for you to insinuate 'Arab-Black' racism on the part Canadian born Khadour"

ah, kate... i saw you lurking earlier from your place of work. i wondered if i'd actually hear from you.

as to your accusations... i insinuated nothing... merely linked to jon kay who was refuting chrisopher hume's spittled-flecked charges of racism in the red star...

"In other words — to the entirely unproven extent we are dealing with any kind of racial animus at all — what we are allegedly confronting is not White-on-black racism, but Arab-on-black racism (the same kind of racism behind the extermination of hundreds of thousands of blacks in Darfur)."

surely you're not saying you're onside with hume?

in any case, i'm sure mr kay would love to hear from you... it's why he provides his email address with his column.

as for the reference to the "team of lawyers"... i would assume that having both raoul boulaki & julian falconer running flak for ms mohamud... means that they are on the same team.

so... any other little matters i can help clear up for you?

and kate, if you actually believe that you are living in a country that has an official policy of discriminating against people based solely on the colour of their skin... i'm thinkin' there isn't a non-pharmaceutical remedy for that... but truly, despite your recent sharptonesque rants... i do wish you all the best.

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wilson said...

Oh katie...if your daughter travels to a country where the government issued a travel advisory as thick as the Toronto phonebook,
no amount of suing Canadian taxpayers is going to ensure 'something' like this doesn't happen to her.

Perhaps having a current passport photo, or not going to countries where you have to bribe your way out.....

Neo Conservative said...

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"wilson says... not going to countries where you have to bribe your way out"

yup, call me wacky... that's always been one of my little quirks too.

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gimbol said...

I would like to see the results of the investigation too.
The only thing that is factual at this point is that the diplomat investigated and determined the holder of the passport was not the person the passport was issued to.

Neo Conservative said...

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yup, looks like a lot of folks... on both sides of the fence... have already decided who's to blame here.

maybe we should just do away with all that pesky trial by jury stuff too... think of the money we could save.

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Frank Docherty said...

Are all Canadian immigrants treated this bad, or just the black ones?