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Ottawa, Dec 28 (Canadian-Media): A Canadian visa officer’s decision to refuse permanent residence to a former Iraqi government official Zaghlol Kassab under Saddam Hussein’s regime was overturned by Canadian Federal Court, media reports said.
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein/Courtesy of National Post
Federal court judge Michael Manson ordered that Kassab's application for permanent residence be reassessed by a new officer when he realized the previous visa officer had ignored evidence suggesting Kassab had little real power within the regime and that the major part of his work related to the country’s electricity grid.
The federal court of Appeal, however must justify how Canadian officials should determine whether someone is too high up in a regime engaged in human rights abuses to be admitted to Canada as a refugee and consideration of factors by visa officers when assessing such cases.
Kassab, his wife and his two daughters had experienced several instances of religious persecution while living in Iraq and in 2014 was forced to move to Jordan.
In 2016 when Kassab and his family applied for permanent residence in Canada as sponsored refugees, only Kassab’s wife and two daughters were granted permanent residence in Canada.
Kassab's decision remained pending due to a pending investigation of his employment under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq from 1979 until 2003 even though he did not fit into the category of Canadian refugee law which does not admit foreign nationals to Canada if they were senior officials in a government that engaged in terrorism, human rights violations or war crimes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)