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Stranded woman’s prints taken

A Toronto woman facing jail in Kenya says she feels relievedafter Canadian officials finally took her fingerprints to help settleher identity.

A Toronto woman facing jail in Kenya says she feels relieved after Canadian officials finally took her fingerprints to help settle her identity.

“I feel a lot better,” Suaad Hagi Mohamud said yesterday by phone from Nairobi, where she has been stranded for seven weeks, eight days of that in jail.

“I really want to come back home.”

Canadian consular officials, who for six weeks refused to have anything to do with the woman, took her prints and asked her such questions as where she lives, who her boss is at the ATS courier plant in Etobicoke and who is looking after her 12-year-old son in Toronto.

But they did not indicate when they might match her prints with those on her Somali refugee application 10 years ago.

Mohamud, 31, was about to leave Kenya May 17 after a short visit when airport officials stopped her for not looking like her Canadian passport photo — a common ruse for soliciting a bribe, she says.

The Kenyans jailed her. She was released eight days later on bail, pending trial.

 
 
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