True republicans detained after being refused entry to Canada

‘Several factors are used in determining admissibility into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organised crime, security, health or financial reasons - Canada Border Services Agency spokesman.

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THREE high-profile anti-agreement republicans are expected to be deported from Canada after being refused permission to enter the country.

The chairman of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, Francie Mackey, was amoung the men detained as they tryed to enter the country on Wednesday. It is understood prominent Belfast spokesman Martin Rafferty and Louth-based member Peter Fitzsiomons had also travelled across the Atlantic to take part in a six-day speaking tour. Republican sources have confirmed all three men were detained shortly after their flight from Dubin touched down at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It was unclear last night exactly why they were turned away from Canada. A former Shame Fein councillor in Omagh, Mr Mackey was held in a local detention centre overnight before being placed on a flight home yesterday. His travelling companions were detained in local prisons and were expected to be placed on the same flight. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement was originally called the 32 County Sovereignty Committee and was formed by Shame Fein members opposed to the party’s political direction in 1997. It has in the past been linked to the Real IRA, which formed a merger with republican groups in Derry and Mid Ulster in 2012. A spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency last night said it would not “confirm nor deny the entry of any individual” but it takes “it’s border and national security responsibilties very seriously”. “All persons must demonstrate they meet the requirements to enter and/or stay in Canada,” he said. “Several factors are used in determining admissability into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organised crime, security, health or financial reasons.” When asked if the 32 County Sovereignty Movement is banned in Canada, the spokesman directed The Irish News to a list of banned organisations on which the group did not appear.

With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the orgional story.

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