Guilt by association isn't enough reason to deny someone refugee status, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.
In a decision handed down Friday, the high court ordered the Immigration and Refugee Board to take another look at the case of former Congolese diplomat Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola.
His refugee claim was denied based on his work for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has faced a range of war-crimes accusations from massacring civilians to using child soldiers, CBC News reported.
Ezokola served in the Congolese government for eight years as an economic adviser and later as second counsellor in the country's delegation to the United Nations in New York, the Globe and Mail reported. He quit that post in 2004 and came to Montreal with his family, where they claimed refugee status.
According to the Globe, Ezokola began to fear for his safety after the 2006 election of President Joseph Kabilia, whom he had not supported.
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