MAYBE, JUST MAYBE…MS. VANIER SHOULDN’T HAVE ATTEMPTED TO SMUGGLE A DICTATORS SON INTO A FOREIGN COUNTRY…NOR SHOULD SHE BE EXPECTING CANADA TO FALL ALL OVER ITSELF TO BAIL HER OUT OF THE MESS SHE GOT HERSELF INTO. ANOTHER USEFUL IDIOT FOR ISLAM, HOW’S THAT WORKING OUT FOR YOU MS. VANIER?
Canadian accused in Saadi Gaddafi’s escape plot languishing in Mexican jail
Postmedia News Jan 25, 2012 – 10:45 PM ET | Last Updated: Jan 25, 2012 10:48 PM ET
David Agren for National Post files
The pool at a home in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico, that Mexican media say was to be a residence for Saadi Gaddafi. One person later put a sign on the home, calling it, Casa Kadafi.
The parents of a Canadian woman being held in Mexico under suspicion of trying to smuggle a son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi into the country, say their daughter has lost 45 pounds and is suffering kidney problems and high blood pressure since being arrested late last year.
Betty and John MacDonald visited their daughter, Cynthia Vanier, Wednesday at the Mexico City detention centre where she has been held for the past 2½ months.
“First thing I did was hug her,” John MacDonald said. “I didn’t want to let her go, but a bunch of guys [were standing] around with guns, so we had to let her go.”
Ms. Vanier, 52, of Mount Forest, Ont., and three others were arrested in Mexico City in November in connection to an alleged plot to fly Saadi Gaddafi, his wife and two children to Punta Mita, Mexico, on false passports.
Ms. Vanier has not been charged but is being held under a detention order that is scheduled to expire on Jan. 31, by which time the prosecutor has to let her go, apply for a short extension or lay charges.
The investigation is being conducted by the PGR, Mexico’s federal office of the attorney general.
At the prison, the first sight of their daughter was from outside, they said.
AFP PHOTO/Vincenzo PINTO
Saadi Gaddafi in 2003.
“All of a sudden we looked up at the top floor and her hand, that’s the first thing we saw. It was her. Just kinda recognized her hand,” John MacDonald said.
Mexican officials claim that Ms. Vanier led three others in the smuggling plot, which including buying them a house using fake documents.
The MacDonalds say the allegations are absurd.
It’s believed suspicion fell on Ms. Vanier initially because she went to Libya last July. The purpose of the visit was to assess the security situation for Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
Security contractor Gary Peters, of Can/Aus Security and Investigations International Inc., provided security for Ms. Vanier on that trip.
Mr. Peters said at one point they were working on a legitimate plan to move the Gaddafi family to Mexico, but it was abandoned when it couldn’t be done legally. He believes Ms. Vanier has done nothing wrong.
“I hope she gets out soon and stays,” Mr. Peters said. “This is really, really a bad situation for her, and she is one person I don’t believe deserves to be in jail.”
He said Mexican officials came to Ontario and interviewed him last week about the case — but Mr. Peters won’t reveal what they asked him.
Ms. Vanier’s parents say they expect the prosecutor to do something within the next couple of days. They say they feel hopeless and alone.
But the MacDonalds say they also feel angry — not just at Mexico, but at the Canadian government, saying the consulate has done nothing whatsoever to help despite their many pleas.
Global News, with a file from National Post