Canada

2nd war-crimes suspect removed from Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency has announced a second war-crimes suspect taken into custody after being named on the agency's website has been removed from the country.

The Canada Border Services Agency has announced a second war-crimes suspect taken into custody has been removed from the country.

Cristobal Gonzalez-Ramirez was taken into custody last week in Alberta after the government launched a website containing the names of 30 alleged war criminals.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Gonzalez-Ramirez belonged to a special army unit in Honduras, where his crimes are alleged to have been committed.

Gonzalez-Ramirez, 44, first made a refugee claim in Canada in 2006, but was declared inadmissible a year later.

Kenney said a 2009 pre-removal assessment showed no indication he'd face any danger if he was sent home. Gonzalez-Ramirez  was scheduled for removal in March 2010 but vanished.

Prompted by a media report, the federal government launched a website with the names, birthdates and photographs of 30 individuals it identified as suspects in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The government appealed for any information that could lead to their whereabouts.

Five have been taken into custody in Canada since the launch of the website, while the government said another man on the list is in U.S. custody in Florida.

The government has previously said none of the 30 people on its list is facing criminal charges abroad. But they have been deemed inadmissible by the Immigration and Refugee Board based on having "reasonable grounds" to believe they were involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity.

When asked by CBC News for more information on the allegations against the individuals, a CBSA spokeswoman said the agency is "unable to divulge specific details in accordance with privacy laws."