Canadian taxpayers paid more than $80,000 for Brenda Martinís return trip to native soil last week, CBC News reported Monday.
Read the full story here:
Flight to bring Martin back cost taxpayers over $82G
Makes a complete mockery of the judicial system. She was judged to have committed a crime in a foreign country, where she was living by personal choice. As such, she should spend the requisite time in a jail in that country.
Now she'll be brought home, at taxpayer's expense, and then likely released. We are setting a dangerous precedent.
Wonder if she'll be compensated, like Arar, for 'pain and suffering?
ilokid, 2008-04-23 12:26:11
Now, about Mexico being corrupt. Yes, in many Latin American countries you can bribe your way out of things - but here's the deal.. you can do it with low-level people, because the risk they run in accepting money outweighs the repercussions. A detective might offer to move them out of country for 125K, because that may represent about 5 times his annual salary. But once you get "inside" the legal system and there's press involved - you've given up that window of opportunity. Canada, by the way (and I am CDN bred and born) is not poster child for a corrupt-free country. And Ms. Martin, who dealt with and lived with criminals "whether she was only 50% cognizant" of it or not - should have known that she blew her chance.
Keep your eyes open for IFFL and Merendon - that's the next great Canadian scam to go down (or up) in flames and continue to tarnish our "once" good name.
jasonalexander, 2008-04-23 11:46:11
The stories that I am reading online on a daily basis (crimes, injustices etc.) from Canadian newspapers are shocking!! The press, who most intelligent people would realize give a distorted one-sided view to their readers, have reported this story from the side of Brenda Martin only.
I am not familiar with the details of her case, other than what has been reported in the press, ie: living & working illegally for years (she must have had something to hide) and the fact that there were more than 21,000 pages of documents for the judge to review leads me to believe there is much more to the story than her perceived notion of being treated unfairly.
Since I have educated myself and learned the language, and have some understanding of the customs and laws of this country I can understand why it has taken the time that it has to review her case. While I do not always agree with the system here in Mexico, at least I have respect for it. The same respect that I would expect immigrants to Canada to have for our laws, customs and our people while in Canada. Obviously, this is not the case with Ms. Martin.
For Canadians to believe that Mexico and all Mexicans are corrupt is biased, unfair and outrageous. For Canadians to demand a boycott by the government and say that they will never step foot on Mexican soil for a vacation or otherwise (based on this case) is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
DJS, 2008-04-23 11:04:01
And I agree with the many here. This woman has lied her way through all of this and I too have a hard time believing that she knew nothing about the scam. Every employer I've worked for I knew damn well what was goin gon in behind the scenes. How could anyone be so stupid as to think a judge would buy that story. Leave her to do her time in Mexico.
Frank, 2008-04-23 10:49:57