Canada Saudi man granted release after UN requests Canadian government halt deportation

19:45  09 august  2018
19:45  09 august  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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"It's the last hope," Stéphanie Valois, another one of his lawyers, said after sending the request for the UN to intervene on his behalf. Saudi man fears being separated from family as deportation looms.

a group of baseball players standing next to a fence: A guard stands outside the gates of an immigrant holding centre in Laval, Que.© Graham Hughes/Canadian Press A guard stands outside the gates of an immigrant holding centre in Laval, Que.

A Saudi Arabian man has been granted release, under certain conditions, from the Laval, Que., detention facility he's been held in since July 26, pending his deportation.

The man CBC is calling Omar was set to be deported Wednesday morning when a United Nations committee stepped in and asked the Canadian government not to expel him to his home country.

CBC News is withholding Omar's real name due to his concern for the safety of family members still in Saudi Arabia.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada granted his release after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recommended it based on the UN's request to put his deportation on hold, according to one of his lawyers, Chantal Ianniciello.

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The UN Human Rights Committee has requested that Canada stay the deportation of a man to Saudi Arabia. While the rules say a claimant would have to wait one year after their refugee claim – it also says exemptions are allowed to be granted .

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He was not present at the hearing today because he was in hospital due to a pre-existing medical condition that was aggravated by stress. He's expected to be discharged from hospital on Friday.

The conditions of his release include disclosing his home address and reporting to a CBSA office three times a year.

a person standing on a sidewalk: Omar's wife was present at the hearing, and told CBC News she felt like she could finally breathe again.© Sudha Krishnan/CBC Omar's wife was present at the hearing, and told CBC News she felt like she could finally breathe again.

Omar came to Canada by way of Roxham Road in the spring with his wife and two sons.

They all filed asylum claims, but his was rejected outright because he had withdrawn a previous claim.

He tried to get his removal stayed but lost his appeal.

Ianniciello said the team is now waiting to reopen Omar's refugee claim request.

"It could take between a few weeks, a few months," Ianniciello said. "We're just relieved that everything comes to a positive end."

Omar's wife was present at the hearing, and told CBC News she felt like she could finally breathe again.

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