The federal government is trying to throw a shroud of secrecy over information a Chinese refugee claimant in British Columbia says could be crucial to his case. A Federal Court judge will hear the government’s plea Friday to shield portions of two Canada Border Services Agency documents from disclosure in the case of Shiyuan Shen, who is wanted for alleged fraud in China.
Information could hurt international relations
In a filing with the court, the government argues revealing the information would hurt international relations and shatter Canada’s credibility in the eyes of foreign allies and sources. Shen, who runs a kitchen-cabinet business in Richmond, B.C., arrived in Canada 10 years ago. He had lived in the United States since leaving China in February 2002. He married a Canadian and applied for permanent residence.
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