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Supporters rally to keep Sikh man in country
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Supporters of a paraplegic Sikh refugee claimant rallied in front of immigration offices in Surrey yesterday to protest his impending deportation.
Laibar Singh, 48, is scheduled to be deported to India tomorrow.
He received the deportation order on Thursday, after his appeal to stay on humanitarian grounds was refused.
His supporters also staged a protest in downtown Vancouver Friday, and vowed to continue doing so until Singh arrives at the Vancouver airport tomorrow.
Singh first entered the country on a fake passport in 2003, claiming political persecution. A brain aneurysm last year left him paralyzed and confined in a wheelchair.
Singh has been fighting deportation since July, when he sought sanctuary at an Abbotsford temple.
Canadian Border Services Agency officials detained him in August after he left the temple to seek medical treatment.
He remains in custody at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre.
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