Minister Kenney applauds Alberta court ruling on accused war criminal Jorge Sosa

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Ottawa, August 9, 2012 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement:

The Government of Canada welcomes yesterday’s ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeal upholding an extradition order against accused Guatemalan war criminal Jorge Sosa. The Court’s decision clears the way for Mr. Sosa to be extradited to face perjury charges in the United States concerning his past military activities in Guatemala.

In addition to the immigration charges he faces in the U.S., Jorge Sosa is also wanted for war crimes in his native Guatemala, where he has been accused of participating in one of the bloodiest events of the brutal Guatemalan civil war – the notorious massacre of more than 200 villagers at Dos Erres in 1982. Mr. Sosa has evaded justice for far too long.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the horrific crimes committed by the Guatemalan military at Dos Erres.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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