Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Asylum Seeker Charged with Assault, Says He Hopes to Clear His Name

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Asylum Seeker Charged with Assault, Says He Hopes to Clear His Name

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Asylum seeker charged with assault

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WINNIPEG - A 37-year-old asylum seeker who crossed the border near Emerson, Man., a month ago has been charged with assaulting a Canada Border Services guard, uttering threats and mischief.

Ahmed Aden Ali, 37, admits he acted out because he was scared and paranoid of being sent back to Somalia.

But he denies touching the female guard he is accused of assaulting.

Ali, who takes medication for anxiety and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder, says he is speaking out because he wants to clear his name and show Canadians who he really is.

He says if he is accepted into Canada, he will get a job, go to school and change his life.

CTV News reached out to the union representing border officers about safety and security on the job, but no one was available for comment.

Ali, who has lived in the United States since 1999, says when he was taken into custody, he "kind of got mad" and held his lighter up to the sprinkler in the room. …

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