Lawyer for disguised man on flight wants media ban

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November 9, 2010 06:04

 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The lawyer for an Asian asylum seeker who boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Canada disguised as an elderly white man requested on Monday a ban on media attending his client's immigration hearings to protect his identity.

Lawyer Dan McLeod told Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday that the man from mainland China is very concerned that information disclosed at the hearing might become available to Chinese authorities.

Authorities have not suggested any terrorist link to the man who boarded the Air Canada flight in Hong Kong on Oct. 29 wearing a remarkably detailed silicone mask to make him look like an elderly man. The Canadian Border Services Agency said the man removed the mask in a washroom mid-flight.

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