TORONTO, 2 November, 2020 – An Ambazonian asylum seeker remains in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being taken off the plane chartered to rendition him and nearly 100 others back to The Cameroons – the very country they fled persecution from.
The 29-year-old whose real names are being withheld was saved by the bell after ICE officials said he had an asylum interview appointment set up for him in neighboring Canada.
ICE officials, however, failed to release him in time for him to make that interview which should have held last Friday, 30 October 2020, at the border between America and Canada.
Rights organizations, his lawyers and one of his supporters in Canada, Megan Walker, told the BBC that the man’s fate is now uncertain.
Ms. Walker reached out last October 12 to her local member of parliament, Peter Fragiskatos.
Mr. Fragiskatos arranged the 11th hour interview with Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) that caused ICE officials to take the asylum seeker off their chartered flight back to The Cameroons on 13 October 2020.
Upon arrival, most of them were taken into custody and detained with the regime of President Paul Biya filing charges against them, including charges of terrorism which carry a lifetime sentence.
The man first tried to claim asylum in San Diego in 2018 and has since been held in ICE detention facilities.