A year after arriving at Vancouver International Airport on a flight from China, a French citizen has been sentenced to four years in jail on charges of human smuggling.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Friday that Mikael Jim Prone was found guilty of several charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act including "one count of human smuggling and two counts of possessing a passport, visa or other document of Canadian or foreign origin that could be used to establish a person's identity."
According to the CBSA, a border services officer discovered two foreign passports that did not belong to Prone during a search of his carry-on luggage.
"At the same time, two individuals travelling on the same flight arrived with no travel documents. It was later discovered by the officer investigating this case that the two foreign passports found in Mr. Prone's possession had been used by these two individuals to board the flight to Vancouver," the agency said in a statement.
On Friday night, Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, released a joint statement condemning human smuggling.
"Human smuggling is a despicable crime and a deliberate abuse of our immigration system and refugee process. Canada has an internationally recognized fair system for providing refuge for those fleeing persecution in their home country, and to maintain the integrity of our refugee system, it is important that individuals found guilty of abusing our laws are held responsible for their involvement in these crimes," the ministers said.