February 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Canada Harboring Criminals, Torturers

Compiled From Wire Services

At least 250 people believed to be war criminals, torturers and former senior officials of murderous government regimes are living freely in Canada, an Ottawa newspaper reported Sunday.

The report by the Ottawa Sun comes after international criticism of Canada’s slow and mostly unsuccessful efforts in dealing with suspected Nazi criminals, and suggests the country is no more effective with more contemporary offenders.

The newspaper said those living in Canada include former members of Latin American death squads and senior officials from Bosnian Serb, Somali, Iraqi and Afghan regimes, as well as the former Duvalier government in Haiti.

Many have remained even though they were tracked down by the Canadian government in 1987 and despite being refused refugee status, it said.

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