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Passport row Canadian back home

By Lee Carter
BBC News, Toronto

Suaad Mohamud reaches for her 12-year-old son on arrival in Toronto
Ms Mohamud was met in Toronto by her 12-year-old son

A Canadian woman, stranded in Kenya for three months because officials said she did not resemble her passport photo, has arrived home in Toronto.

Suaad Mohamud was prevented in May from returning from a two-week holiday.

Canadian consular officials accused her of being an imposter, voided her passport and asked Kenyan officials to prosecute her.

The results of a DNA test finally proved her identity, clearing the way for her return to Canada.

Family members and a throng of reporters were waiting for Suaad Hagi Mohamud as she arrived back in Canada.

Ms Mohamud's ordeal began in May when she tried to leave Kenya after visiting her mother there.

Kenyan officials said that her face did not match her passport photo.

Canadian consular staff in Nairobi maintained that she was not who she claimed to be, even when Ms Mohamud handed over several other forms of identification.

It was not until a DNA test confirmed her identity on Monday that Canadian officials prepared emergency travel documents so that she could return to Toronto.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised a review of the case.

But opposition politicians and other critics say Suaad Mohamad's case raises serious questions about the willingness of Canadian officials to protect their citizens who get into difficulties abroad.



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