Abdikarim Gelle is stuck in an Edmonton jail cell — indefinitely.
Canadian authorities want to deport him, but they've run into a major hurdle: Somalia won't take him back.
"Why I gotta sit in hell down in jail?" 31-year old Gelle asked government officials and his lawyer at a detention review this week. "No life here."
Gelle, who fled war-torn Somalia with his family as a child, has spent half his life and nearly his entire Canadian existence in and out of jail.
Since coming to Canada as a refugee in 1999, he has racked up 57 convictions as an adult, including sexual assault, assault of a peace officer, assault with a weapon and trafficking cocaine.
But for eight months over the past year, Gelle has been held without charge at the Edmonton Remand Centre by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). [...]
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Friday, October 7, 2016