In the span of 18 days, Mamadi III Fara Camara has gone from nameless engineering lab teacher, to being pulled out of his automotive and arrested for attacking a Montreal police officer, to spending six nights in jail, to receiving an official police apology.
And now, the 31-year-old PhD scholar is capping off the whirlwind with a decidedly happier piece of reports: the House of Commons voted unanimously on Tuesday in favour of a movement to grant him everlasting resident standing.
Camara arrived in Canada in 2017 on a brief scholar visa, which expires in mid-May.
While the movement is non-binding and the federal government stopped in need of promising to observe via, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino mentioned in an electronic mail that “we stand ready to support” Camara and his household as they undergo the immigration course of.
“We are deeply disturbed by the treatment of Mamadi Fara Camara. It was unacceptable and we want to have clear answers about what happened,” mentioned Alex Cohen, the minister’s press secretary.
“Applicants can include extenuating circumstances as part of the process for permanent residency, and these factors are seriously considered. Every case is subject to thorough review and analysis and decisions are only taken after careful consideration.”
The movement, tabled by the Bloc Québécois, known as on Mendicino’s workplace to grant everlasting residency to Camara “as soon as possible” beneath Article 25.1(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Quebec’s National Assembly handed the same decision, additionally unanimously.
The article in query confers discretionary authority on the minister to grant everlasting residence. From there Camara — whose spouse is anticipating twins — may apply for citizenship.
Originally from Guinea, he arrived in 2017 to pursue a doctorate in telecommunications at Laval University.
Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, who’s Camara’s immigration lawyer, informed Radio-Canada his shopper was “in a state of shock and in distress” and wouldn’t end his thesis earlier than his visa runs out. Under regular circumstances, scholar visa-holders are anticipated to be full-time college students — one thing that merely is not potential for Camara in the mean time, his lawyer mentioned.
Camara was accused of tried homicide after a Montreal police officer was disarmed and attacked on Jan. 28. He was exonerated by DNA proof after virtually per week in jail.
Since then Camara, who has no prison report, has additionally retained a civil lawyer who’s exploring authorized motion in opposition to the town, its police service and maybe the Crown.
In a televised interview on Sunday, he lifted the veil on what he known as a “traumatizing” expertise that remoted him from his family members and — briefly at the very least — besmirched his popularity.
“My family knows who I am,” Camara informed Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle. “And they knew I was innocent. Even though we couldn’t speak.”
Camara’s duties at his lab at Polytechnique Montreal, the place he has taught since early 2018, have been suspended through the prison proceedings and he was barred from campus. The faculty has invited him to come back again when he’s prepared.
“Right now, it’s very hard to return,” he mentioned.