Refugee who died in immigration custody identified as Somali man | CTV News
A man who died last week under mysterious circumstances while detained by Canadian immigration authorities has been identified as a mentally ill Somali refugee who had spent three years in prison with little prospect for release.
Canada Border Services Agency had refused to name 39-year-old Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, but his family and immigration watchdog groups have publicly identified him.
Hassan, who was also a diabetic, died in the early hours of June 11 in hospital in Peterborough, Ont., where he had been taken under police escort for unspecified treatment.
The province's special investigations unit, which has been probing the death because police were involved, said the man had become "agitated" and died after being restrained by police and medical personnel.
Sources said Hassan, who had developed severe schizophrenia, had been accepted as a refugee to Canada in the mid-1990s. He was jailed following an assault conviction in 2012, and then transferred to immigration custody.
A "danger opinion" concluded he posed a threat to the Canadian public and he was declared inadmissible notwithstanding his refugee status, and incarcerated in prison in eastern Ontario three years ago subject to deportation to Somalia.