Friday, March 25, 2005
Canada Gets it Right
Canada denies refugee status to deserter
Toronto, ON, Mar. 25 (UPI) -- Toronto authorities have denied refugee status to a U.S. soldier who abandoned his comrades on the eve of their deployment to Iraq.
The Immigration and Refugee Board members said Thursday that Jeremy Hinzman, 26, hadn't convinced them that he would be persecuted if he returned to the United States, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The board also denied asylum to Hinzman's wife and preschool son.
Hinzman faces five years in jail if convicted in a court martial as a deserter.
"Removal to the U.S. would not subject them personally to a risk to their lives or to a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment," the board said in a statement.
"There are no substantial grounds to believe that their removal to the U.S. will subject them personally to a danger of torture."
I only hope that this trend continues. Eh?