TORONTO — A war criminal from Bangladesh was placed on the Canada Border Services Agency’s wanted list on Thursday along with four other foreign nationals. Ali Imam, 59, who had been living in Montreal until his disappearance, is the subject of a Canada-wide warrant for removal due to his involvement in crimes against humanity.
No details of his war crimes were released.
Also added to the wanted list were Dervant Dave Jack (Jamaica), Marcos Yamil Di Molina (Ecuador), Donovan Sinclair (Jamaica) and Farid Youssoufov (Azerbaijan) — all of whom are to be deported for various crimes.
Since unveiling its “Wanted by the CBSA” web page last July, the federal immigration enforcement agency has located 27 of the fugitives on its list. Nineteen have been deported so far.
The list aims to engage the public in helping track down dozens of foreign nationals living illicitly in Canada although they have been ordered deported for war crimes and criminality.
“With the assistance of Canadians, we will continue to send the message to those who try to evade justice that Canada offers no safe haven to those who abuse … our laws,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement.
But critics argue the wanted list is a politically motivated attempt by the Conservative government to portray itself as tough on crime. Amnesty International has argued that war criminals found in Canada should be put on trial rather than deported.
The addition of the five names on Thursday brings the number of wanted to 35. Seven are sought for war crimes in Somalia, India, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Senegal and Bangladesh, while 27 are wanted for other crimes and one is considered a security threat.