Around this time last year most Canadians were relieved to learn that Ms Brenda Martin, a Canadian Citizen, had been brought back to Canada after having languished for more than two years in a Mexican Prison.
Ms Martin had been incarcerated in Guadalajara in 2006 and charged with receiving illicit funds from a massive investment scam involving her former boss. The ordeal was difficult for Ms Martin as Mexico’s prison accommodations leave a lot to be desired. This we gathered from Ms Martin’s regular heartfelt pleas for repatriation via Canadian media outlets.
Over time, public pressure mounted and in the spring of 2008, in response to parliamentary opposition members’ accusations of abandoning a Canadian abroad, our then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was quoted as follows: