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Deportation questions raised about sex offender
VANCOUVER (CBC) - Immigration officials refuse to say why a man convicted this week of a brutal sexual assault in Surrey - who had two previous convictions - had not already been deported back to his native Somalia.
Mohamed Hagi Mohamud, 33, abducted Erika Martyn near Surrey's Gateway SkyTrain station earlier this year, took her at knifepoint to a nearby home where he beat and raped her.
The attack lasted for more than four hours.But Martyn didn't give up, and fought back for four hours before she finally escaped.
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The mother of three - who is still suffering from serious internal injuries - says wants to know why her attacker wasn't red-flagged by immigration authorities before he got to her.
"I'm pissed off. They let him leave there without any supervision or alertness to anyone of how violent this guy is."
Mohamud - who isn't a Canadian citizen - had previously been convicted in Toronto of assault with a weapon in 1997 and of assault causing bodily harm in 2002.
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Immigration officials say a criminal who isn't Canadian is usually sent to a hearing where a decision is made about deportation.
Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson Janice Ferguson says a hearing was recommended for Mohamud six years after his first conviction.
"An immigration warrant was issued out of Toronto on December 2004."
"But Ferguson refused to say why Mohamud wasn't sent for a hearing earlier, citing privacy concerns."
We have gone insane.
I remember an article about thirty-some very dangerous criminals under deportation orders loose in Canada......but the gov't won't tell you their names or descriptions because of privacy concerns.
It's simple, really. You are not a Canadian citizen?
You go to prison (2 years +)? You've therefore committed a serious offense.
When your sentence is almost over, you are transported from the prison directly to an airport, and flown back to your country of origin, and I don't give a damn how you are treated there.