A Guinean graduate student in Canada wrongly arrested and detained for six days may have his permeant residency fast tracked following support parliament.
The House of Commons unanimously voted a recommendation that Mamadi Fara Camara be allowed to stay following his ordeal.
The 31-year-old PhD candidate was accused of attacking a police officer but evidence in the case later cleared him. He received an apology but has been struggling to return to his studies.
Camara was pulled over by Montreal police officer Sanjay Vig last month on suspicion that he was using his phone while driving while walking back to his patrol car to check Camara’s details, Sanjay was attacked by another person who took his gun and then shoot at him.
Camara called to report the incident and was initially allowed to leave the scene but before he could return home, he was stopped again and dragged out of his car to be arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and attempted murder.
He was released on 3 February after surveillance footage showed that someone else was at the scene that day. Two days later, Montreal’s chief of police, Sylvain Caron, publicly apologised to him and his family and said that DNA evidence had cleared him as a suspect.
Camara told local media that the police apology “was a relief, but there are many questions I am asking myself”. “It was a very traumatising episode,” he said, adding that he was unable to talk to his family for days.
On Tuesday, both the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa and Quebec’s legislature officially called on Canada’s immigration minister to grant permanent residency to Camara and his wife, who is currently pregnant with twins, though the call is non-binding.