the case of Gankhuyag Bumuutseren, a
failed refugee claimant who says he
was recruited by Chinese
intelligence services to spy on
expatriate dissidents and then
recruited by the Mongolians and
became a double agent.
After run-ins with both the Chinese and Mongolian authorities, Mr. Bumuutseren and his family decided to seek asylum in Canada on the grounds that his life was in danger. When Canada Border Services Agency declined his request, Mr. Bumuutseren sought refuge in St. James Anglican church in Toronto where he has lived since.
The following documents shed some light on Mr. Bumuutseren's case:
Document 1: Report from the PRRA (see below for the JPG version of the document)
Mr. Bumuutseren's application for refugee status was denied. From the article:
The ending of Mr. Bumuutseren’s story is still uncertain. The Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered his deportation for engaging “in espionage against a democratic institution or process,” and the Federal Court has dismissed all of his appeals.
The CBSA says it is unconvinced he faces any genuine risk if he is sent back to his homeland, and says while he was tortured in China, there was no proof he suffered the same treatment in Mongolia.
Document 2: Bumuutseren's statement (see below for the JPG version of the document)
From the article:
He spends his days painting and minding his three-year-old Canadian-born daughter, while his wife Monica works at Costco. He does not work and collects a disability pension from the Ontario government.
He has flashbacks triggered by sirens, police, shouting and telephones. His body is burned and scarred, and his eyesight is failing, a result of his two years in a dark Chinese prison.
“I am terrified to return to Mongolia. I believe I will be harmed there,” he wrote in his court affidavit. “If I were removed alone from Canada to Mongolia, I would not be able to survive.”
Document 3: A letter from Rev. Dr. Murray Henderson (see below for the JPG version of the document)
“We acknowledge that this man, as a young man, made some dangerous and foolish mistakes,” said Rev. Murray Henderson, pastor of Toronto's St. James Anglican church.