D-day for 'White refugee' Huntley
Staff Reporter, The Star
April 08 2010 at 09:35AM
Judgement is at hand for Brandon Huntley, the "white South African refugee" who claimed he had been called "a white dog" and "a settler", and stabbed seven times by black South Africans and should therefore be granted asylum in Canada.
The Canadian government yesterday appealed against Huntley's being granted asylum, and Judge Francois Lemieux said he would review the arguments. He did not set a date for his findings.
Huntley was granted refugee status in Canada in August last year. The ruling caused an uproar in South Africa, with several human rights groups slamming the decision, and the ANC deeming the decision racist.
The court heard that 113 000 news articles had been written worldwide about the case.
At the appeal hearing, Huntley's lawyer, Rocco Galati, argued that the South African government had interfered with Canada's judicial system by pressuring immigration minister Jason Kenney, the Toronto Sun's website said.
But lawyers for Kenney maintained the judgment that gave Huntley asylum, on the basis of the alleged persecution he suffered as a white South African, was so ludicrous they needed to have it overturned.
Galati is reported to have said: "This is an abuse of process from outside pressure and it is being done for political purposes. We can't have this kind of interference cut into our judicial system.
"Where does my client get a fair hearing? The proceedings have been tainted.
"A foreign government is interfering with our minister of immigration."
The Toronto Sun reported that the immigration department claimed the case was under review for legitimate reasons. - Staff Reporter
This article was originally published on page 3 of The Star on April 08, 2010
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» 27 Aug: Transcript of Huntley IRB Ruling
Minister of Citizenship & Immigration: Mr. Jason Kenney's Application to Canada's Federal Court (IMM 4423-09) for Review of the IRB's 'White Refugee' Ruling documents (and 'White Refugee' responses):
» 04 Sep: ‘Canada’ Applic. for Review
» 13 Sep: ‘White Refugee’ Petition to CA Fed. Crt (Please Sign Petition!!)
» 30 Sep: ‘Canada’ Memo. of Argument
» 21 Oct: ‘White Refugee’ Petition Response
» 02 Nov: ‘Huntley’ Memo. of Fact and Law
» » Affidavit: Amina Sherazee
» » Affidavit: Stefanie Gude
» 10 Nov: ‘Canada’ Reply Memorandum
Other Resources: UHNCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status, issued by the Office of The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; see paragraphs 53, 54 and 55 (UNHCR PDF) & (PDF: Scribd Download)