I understand that the government has to conduct and investigation, but really, how complicated can this be? It looks to me that it is more likely that the government is trying to develop a way to present this to absolve themselves.
Mohamud's lawyer is still getting a run around, which is ridiculous.
The passport which stranded a Toronto woman in Kenya for months is now at the centre of a standoff between the federal government and the lawyer representing Suaad Hagi Mohamud.
Raoul Boulakia is taking his demands that the government immediately turn over Mohamud's passport and case file to Federal Court while officials in Ottawa remain vague on the whereabouts of the crucial piece of ID.
"(The government is) trying to pretend there were complications in this case," said Boulakia. "It was all nonsense."
That last statement goes to the claim that there was a whisper campaign going on, which was obvious based on the idiotic ramblings of Minister Cannon.
Boulakia said he wants to get his hands on Mohamud's passport to see if consular officials were justified in doubting his client's identity. Mohamud's passport had been loaned to Kenyan authorities as her case was being prosecuted, but ought to be back in Canadian hands by now, he said.
"I want that passport back."
The Department of Foreign Affairs was tight-lipped on the matter, deferring inquiries about Mohamud's passport and case file to Passport Canada.
Passport Canada spokesman Sebastien Bois said anyone who has their passport seized by authorities for prosecution will have to apply for a new one.
But the charges were thrown out so...
Bois said when Passport Canada is advised a passport is out of its control, it is immediately cancelled.
In such cases passports are eventually returned to Passport Canada or to the nearest Canadian government office.
"Applicants do not have the option of having the passport returned to them," Bois said. "The Canadian passport remains at all times the property of the government of Canada."
It should still be a valid passport! Obviously if a person is found to be in possession of a fraudulent passport, they don't get it back, but that is not the case here. Even if it's not officially valid, it's part of the case and investigation and must be turned over.
This is beyond ridiculous.
For the record, I heard today that the woman who processed her in Kenya has been fired and can't be found? I have yet to see a complete story on that but hope it will be investigated further.