Chinese couple sues federal government over son’s suicide

…According to the submissions by lawyers for the federal government, Deng arrived in Vancouver in August 1999 as a foreign student, but sought asylum two years later, claiming he feared persecution in China as a practitioner of Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned by Beijing.

His immigration records indicated he was granted asylum in 2002 and later became a Canadian permanent resident.

In 2004, Deng was admitted to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C., where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, symptoms of moodiness and paranoid delusions after claiming he was pursued by the FBI and army, according to a doctor’s note cited in the family’s claim. He also wrote a letter to Immigration Canada saying that he made a false refugee claim, according to the government’s statement of defence.

Later that year, he was arrested and convicted of aggravated assault for an incident at a bar in Vancouver. He was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for the four months and 20 days he served in pretrial custody. The provincial court also ordered him to “take reasonable steps” to treat his schizophrenia and not to commit further offences.

It wasn’t until 2005 at his return from a visit to his parents in China when he was flagged by an immigration officer at the Vancouver airport for his criminal conviction and alleged fraudulent asylum claim. The admissibility proceedings ensued.

Genuine “Refugees” do not visit the country from which they have fled.

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