Monday, August 17, 2009
On Saturday, cabinet ministers Jason Kenny and Peter Van Loan overturned the deportation order for Burmese asylum-seeker Nay Myo Hein (shown here with his wife Haymar Zin).
And basically, they did it because of the news coverage:
The widely publicized case may have been noticed by Burmese officials, who might target him for criticizing the "totalitarian regime," Kenney said.So the more publicity cases like this receive, the better.
"Under normal circumstances I would not have intervened. We face a lot of cases like this, but this is extraordinary, quite exceptional. It's very rare," he said.
"We wouldn't want to return someone to face persecution or punishment. It is a chance we were not prepared to take."
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