Update on Cindor Reeves - Macleans.ca
 

Update on Cindor Reeves

The brother-in-law former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor may be deported shortly


 

Cindor Reeves, the Canadian refugee claimant who risked his life to help build the legal case against his brother-in-law, the former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor, has received a removal order from the Canada Border Services Agency and may shortly be deported. 

Reeves helped Taylor smuggle guns and diamonds between Liberia and Sierra Leone. Appalled by the human rights violations he saw, he began secretly gathering information for both British intelligence and for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The Special Court put him in witness protection programs in Holland and Germany, neither of which gave him citizenship. He then came with his family to Canada and claimed refugee status.

Canada, which has given the Special Court millions of dollars in funding, has denied Reeves protection. That Reeves faces murder in Liberia is confirmed by those who worked on his case in the Special Court, and by the many threats he has received. Even Canada acknowledges this threat, as it has allowed his wife and children to stay here precisely because their relationship with Reeves would endanger them in Liberia. Reeves’ relationship with himself isn’t enough to save him.

His last chance is a pre-removal risk assessment — the standards for which are higher for Reeves  than for regular refugee claimants because he is accused of committing war crimes. (These alleged crimes amount to his weapons and diamond smuggling on behalf of Taylor, which Reeves has never denied. The IRB has not presented any evidence Reeves himself ever committed violent acts; nor have I, in five years of researching his case, been able to discover any.)

I will stay with this story.


 

Update on Cindor Reeves

  1. Sigh…elections have consequences.  Unfortunately the consequences hit the very people that should be protected.

    By all means, please stay with this story. It’s important.

  2. ” Even Canada acknowledges this threat, as it has allowed his wife and children to stay here precisely because their relationship with Reeves would endanger them in Liberia. Reeves’ relationship with himself isn’t enough to save him.”

    I’ve wondered from time to time whether my view of this govt isn’t skewed or more the product of my bias then reality. I wondered about this as more details emerged that Omar Khadr isn’t just an innocent boy as some on the left like to believe. There have been other cases too of course. Now this. I’m more convinced now then ever that we have an idealogically moralistic govt that thinks “it”is the only arbiter of who’s innocent and who’s immoral – no, or scant evidence required; they just know.
     It’s a scary tjime to be someone who doesn’t fit Harper’s model of just who deserves to be protected by the law and who doesn’t. I’m not calling him a simple racist – that would be too easy. No! The guy and the core of the party are a bunch of self appointed moralists who pick and choose who shall live and die in some cases…God protect us from parochial,moral populists. Good luck Cindor Reeves.
    Tnx MP.

  3. Michael, please stay on this story, as we want to know how it ends.

    As you have been following it for 5 years, perhaps you can answer a question. What reasoning does Canada give for allowing him to be deported? Surely some official must be on record saying what it is. Please let us know that as well.

    I always thought we would never deport someone who would go to a country to knowingly die. Why the change here?

    Thanks for the follow up, as this story is very interesting.

  4. If Reeves is killed after deportation, our government will have blood on its hands.

    • And there’ll be no paper trail.

  5. I’m glad you’re keeping on top of this Michael. Keep up the excellent work.