Saturday, August 22, 2009

Suaad Hagi Mohamud Launches $2.5 Million Law Suit

According to National Post, Suaad Hagi Mohamud, the Canadian woman stranded in Kenya for over three months after Canadian embassy officials in Kenya wrongly branded her an imposter, has sued Canadian Government for $2.5 million.

Ms. Mohamud, who was visiting her mother in Kenya, was detained and barred from leaving Kenya after authorities said her lips did not match her four-year-old passport photo. The embassy officials voided her passport and handed it over to Kenyan authorities for prosecution. She was able to return to Canada after DNA tests proved her identity.

Ms. Mohamud’s lawyers want an inquiry launched to find out whether her race was a factor in the alleged mistreatment by Canadian officials. Her lawyers said Ms. Mohamud is owed an apology from Ottawa and a public inquiry into her ordeal.

Read the full story here.

- Shashi K. Raina, Toronto

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