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DFAIT’s ‘Secret Story’ About Suaad Hagi Mohamud

August 14, 2009

Now that the return of Suaad Hagi Mohamud has suddenly become Stephen Harper’s “top priority”, some have begun to question why the Liberals and even the NDP have declined to speak out in her defence until very recently.

According to blogger ‘Dr. Dawg‘, the answer may lie in an email sent by DFAIT to at least one opposition MP who raised questions about the case. The MP in question – NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar – apparently found DFAIT’s description of the evidence against Ms Mohamud so convincing that nary a word was said until the DNA results had fully vindicated her. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if his Liberal counterpart Bob Rae got a similar response.

This is what Paul Dewar’s assistant told Dawg:

Ms. Mohamud was initially stopped by Kenyan officials because her photos did not match. When Ms. Mohamud originally arrive at the airport a photo was taken of her by Kenyan immigration officials and when she arrived at the airport to depart the person who presented Ms. Mohamud passport did not match either the passport photo or the airports entry photo. That’s when CBSA was contacted to investigate. Foreign Affairs and CSBA have conducted four separate investigations and she has failed each one including the visual photo matching tests, extensive interviews, etc. Fingerprints were requested by Foreign Affairs in the hopes that they might match sets in Canada but to date there are no prints on record with CIC or any other agency or police department. Consular services are not being provided to the woman who presented herself as Ms. Mohamud because she is not a Canadian citizen.

I was also informed by DFAIT that CBSA deals with on average 5 cases of passport fraud a week in Nairobi and they have a well developed manner of investigating these types of cases. I have put in a similar request for information from CBSA to make sure their story matches the one I received from DFAIT.

Cathie From Canada is aptly comparing this to the sort of “secret story” that was passed around about Maher Arar and even Abousfian Abdelrazik, which implied the existence of evidence that for one reason or another couldn’t actually be shown to anyone.

It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks and months whether the evidence in this case was merely overstated or actually fabricated out of whole cloth.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2009 12:48 pm

    I’m sorry – I thought it was her sister who got the plastic surgery. It’s all so confusing…

  2. August 22, 2009 8:49 am

    I don’t think it is right for someone to go to another country and get cosmetic surgery cheap then blame the government if their passport picture does not match their new profile. Guess this would be a great way to get rich quick. More should try it.

  3. August 14, 2009 9:30 pm

    I thought this was an extremely interesting, important and original post from Dr. Dawg, which I am very surprised that the Canadian media generally hasn’t picked up on. It explained a lot to me about why official Ottawa was so negative on this case.

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