TORONTO – The Canadian government is moving to expel Eritrean diplomat Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, consul and head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said O. Micael must leave Canada by 12pm ET on June 5.
The order comes after reports that O. Micael was caught using the Eritrean consulate in Toronto to fundraise for the African regime.
According to Baird’s statement, the federal government had warned the Eritrean government to respect Canadian laws and international sanctions.
However, O. Micael continued to pressure Eritrean-Canadians to give money to fund the African regime.
“Today’s actions speak for themselves,” said Baird in a statement.
“The Eritrean government is welcome to propose another candidate to represent it in Canada, but that person must be prepared to play by the rules. Our resolve on this matter should not be further tested.”