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Call for independent probe into Mexican death

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Canada Border Services Agency.

Canada Border Services Agency.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is calling for an independent agency to investigate the Canadian Border Services Agency after news broke of a Mexican national dying in custody.

Lucia Vega Jimenez died in Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver Dec. 28 after being in the CBSA’s holding cells at YVR.

The BC Coroners Service would only say the death is under active investigation and would not release the cause of death.

“Nobody should die while they are in the custody of law enforcement,” said Josh Paterson of the BCCLA. “The public needs answers.”

The RCMP is investigating the death.

Paterson said the lack of independent investigation of the CBSA is a serious problem because it shakes the public’s faith the inquiry was properly held when law enforcement investigates other law enforcement.

The death also prompted a rebuke from immigration advocates No One is Illegal and Mexican journalist Karla Lottini, who fought off her own attempted deportation two years ago.

Lottini said the CBSA does not monitor people they are deporting well enough and sometimes sends people back to countries in which their lives are threatened.


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