Vancouver, British Columbia (AP) For the first time, Canada has deported a U.S. Army deserter who fled north to avoid the Iraq war.
Canada's border services agency confirms that 25-year-old Robin Long was deported, some three years after he crossed the border into Canada. He sought refuge saying the U.S. Army wanted him to participate in what he called an “illegal war of aggression in
The Federal Court of Canada ruled Monday that Long couldn't provide clear evidence he would suffer irreparable harm if he was returned to the United States. It noted the vast majority of deserters have not been prosecuted or faced jail time.
Some 200 American deserters are believed to have fled to Canada to avoid service in Iraq. So far, Canadian immigration officials and the courts have rejected efforts to grant them refugee status.