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The dolphins are jumping out of the water. Im not fishing, said the lawyer, Rocco Galati when asked if he was going on a fishing expedition.
Rocco Galati was handling the case of a South African, Brandon Huntley. In 2009, he asked for a grant from a Canadian refugee board to give him refugee status as he claimed of being called white dog and repeatedly mugged. The refugee board declared its inability or unwillingness by the government and security forces to protect white South Africans from persecution by black South Africans.
As the matter grew up the South African Government interfered. They loudly claimed racism. Immediately, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney asked for a judicial review of Huntleys case.
On Wednesday, Galati backfired. He said that the South African Government is interfering thats why Canadian Government is forcing Immigration Minister to review the case.The Canadian Immigration Minister demanded the review only to ease relations between Canada and South Africa.
This is an abuse of process from outside pressure and it is being done for political purposes. We cant have this kind of interference cut into our judicial system. Where does my client get a fair hearing? Galati said.
A foreign government is interfering with our Minister of Immigration. This court must be seen as independent or it will have no legitimacy. This court is being used by the minister for his political ends.
Galati requested the court to ask the Ministry of Immigration and the South African government the minutes of any meetings between them.
This court may want to find out if it is being used as a tool for political reasons by pressures from a foreign government.
The Federal court declared that Refugee status is generally granted to people being persecuted because of race, religion, political opinions, nationality or membership in a political group and not for being repeatedly mugged.
While the immigration person said as usual that the case is under review for legitimate reasons.
We were asked to look and see if there was a legal basis for a judicial review. We read it (the decision to grant refugee status) and they got it wrong, said Bernard Kaplan, lawyer for the Immigration Department.
On the other hand the lawyer defending the State said, I take exception to the suggestion that Im standing here because the South African objected and we jumped. We are making sure the laws of Canada are fairly enforced.
They all were contradicting. A total of 113,000 news articles have been written worldwide about the case. When the court heard that the judge said he will review the arguments but didnt set a date for his findings.