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Protesters fear refugee accused in Shen murder case not properly vetted

Last Updated Jan 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm PDT

FILE PHOTO: 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was reported missing around 11:30 p.m. on July 18th, 2017. Hours later, her body was found at Burnaby's Central Park. (IHIT)

Demonstrators at Ibrahim Ali's court appearance say he was not properly vetted before he came to Canada

Trudeau addressed the issue earlier this month at a town hall in Kamloops

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A crowd demanding justice for Marrisa Shen again rallied outside the Vancouver courthouse where a Syrian refugee accused of killing the 13-year-old girl from Burnaby made another appearance.

The demonstrators weren’t just protesting against Ibrahim Ali, who has been charged with first degree murder.

They also blame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the accused was allowed into Canada without being properly vetted.

Police say Ali came to Canada in 2016 as a refugee and became a permanent resident. He had been living and working in Burnaby and did not have a criminal record.

Laura Lynn Thompson, a People’s Party candidate in the Burnaby-South federal by-election who attended the rally, admits she has no proof Ali was not adequately vetted.

“We’re in a process of seeing justice for Marrisa Shen,” she says. “I will be here every single date that he’s going to be here, and I will hope and pray that there is justice for that family. That family will never attend her graduation. They will never attend her wedding.”

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a question about Shen’s death.

“Can you guarantee that Marrisa Shen was not killed by a Syrian refugee who came to Canada after you were elected?” he was asked.

Trudeau said he understands people’s concern, but argued tying things like immigration policy to Shen’s murder aren’t helpful or useful in a diverse society.

Because of the severity of the charge, Ibrahim Ali has automatically been denied bail.

With files from Monika Gul and Denise Wong.