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Toronto Business Owner Fights Deportation To Congo

Toronto Business Owner Fights Deportation To Congo

From The Star

Sixteen years since he escaped jail and possible death at the hands of the Congolese government, a long-time Toronto business owner and father of six will be deported Monday to the Central African country known for its human rights abuses.

Prince Debase Betoukoumessou, 52, has lived in Canada since fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo with his wife and four young daughters in 1997. The couple made a home in Toronto, had two sons here, and run a small salon and beauty supply store downtown.

Canada has an official moratorium on deportations to the Congo because of concern for the safety of people sent back. However, that moratorium does not cover those whom the Canadian government believes have committed a crime, according to a CBSA official.

 

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