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Anand: We moved to avoid any diplomatic jeopardy with Canada

Jewish group detained at Piarco

By By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday this country had to move to ensure that members of the Jewish group Lev Tahor returned to Canada because there could have been possible diplomatic jeopardy between this country and Canada.

“This was a serious and urgent matter because it involved the children and the breach of a child protection order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction in the province of Quebec. That order was based on serious concerns about the conditions under which these children were being kept and hence custody was vested in the Canadian Child Protection Agency,” said Ramlogan.

The group had appealed that decision and fled to Guatemala via Trinidad before the Ontario Court of Appeal could deliver its ruling.

Ramlogan said that ruling was given on Thursday while the group was here in Trinidad and it went against the Lev Tahor members.

He said it appeared that the group was trying to evade the jurisdiction order and authority of the Canadian court. 

“There was no legal justification or legal basis upon which they could be allowed to remain in Trinidad. The welfare of the children is the foremost consideration and remained of paramount importance and the child protection agency in Quebec is the most suitable entity to care for them,” said Ramlogan.

Ramlogan said at least one other family was able to make it to Guatemala via Mexico and they might have escaped the court order.

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