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  • Writer's pictureEmma Halpern

Abdoul Abdi case: A test of Canada’s commitment to rules and compassion

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

The Globe and Mail · Posted: Jan 16, 2018 3:23 PM AT | Last Updated: January 16, 2018

HALIFAX -- At a town hall meeting in Lower Sackville, N.S., last week, Fatouma Abdi asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly why he wasn't stopping the deportation of her younger brother to Somalia.

Her brother, Abdoul Abdi, was released from prison on Jan. 4 after serving four years for several convictions, including aggravated assault. He was on his way to a halfway house where the process of re-integration into Canadian society was set to begin. But he was re-arrested at the jail gates by Canada Border Services Agency officers and placed in immigration detention. Why? Because despite having spent most of his life in Canada, Mr. Abdi never obtained Canadian citizenship.



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