Prosecute war criminals, don’t deport them, says Amnesty

Rights group fears suspects may go free if sent home

Amnesty International wants Canada to prosecute alleged war criminals found within its borders rather than shipping them home to governments that may not have the capacity or even the interest in trying them. The Canadian government recently launched a crackdown on alleged war criminals living in Canada illegally, releasing a website with a list of alleged fugitives. Five men have already been arrested. At least two have been sent home to Honduras and Peru respectively. The men “should only be sent home if they will be tried,” Amnesty spokesman John Tackaberry told Postmedia News. “Otherwise, they should be brought to justice here.”


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