VANCOUVER–A U.S. Army deserter who fled to Canada three years ago has been deported back to America to face possible court martial.
The Canada Border Services Agency confirmed that Robin Long was removed from Canada today.
Long claimed refugee status in Canada, saying he didn’t want to take part in a U.S. war in Iraq he called "an illegal war of aggression."
Sarah Bjoknas, a co-ordinator for the War Resisters Support Campaign, says Long will be returned to his unit based in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
She says Long’s punishment for deserting will be up to the company commander and could include court martial and prison time, or his deployment to Iraq.
Federal Court of Canada Justice Anne Mactavish ruled yesterday that Long couldn’t provide clear evidence that he’ll suffer irreparable harm if he’s returned to the U.S.