Canadian court rejects British MP bid to overturn entry ban

27th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Canadian federal court said Monday it cannot overturn a government decision to deny firebrand British lawmaker George Galloway entry for a speaking tour as he did not actually try to enter Canada.

The federal court dismissed an application by his supporters, saying: "Upon review, the court found that Mr. Galloway did not attempt to enter Canada, and so no legally reviewable decision to exclude him was made."

Galloway had been preemptively notified in March 2009 by border officials that his donations of cars and cash to the Hamas-run government in Gaza made him inadmissible to Canada, as Hamas is listed in Canada as terrorist organization.

He was later denied an injunction that might have allowed him to speak at anti-war forums in Canada.

His supporters then sought a "judicial review of the government's decision to ban his entry from Canada."

© 2010 AFP

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