Hungarian Roma family hiding in Hungary can return to Canada
After years of living in hiding on two continents, the Pusuma family has been thrown a lifeline by the Trudeau government, which has agreed to allow them to return to Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Canada’s door has reopened for a Roma family who were forced to leave the country after they lost their asylum claim amid a long battle to bring their disgraced former lawyer to justice.
After years of living in hiding on two continents — including three years in a Toronto church — Jozsef Pusuma, his wife, Timea Daroczi, and their daughter Viktoria (Lulu) have received word from the Trudeau government that they can finally call Canada home.
The Pusumas left Canada in December 2014 before Toronto lawyer Viktor Hohots admitted to a Law Society Tribunal to professional misconduct in relation to 17 complaints from Roma refugee claimants.
Hohots was suspended from practice for five months and barred from practising refugee law for two years.
The Pusumas had spent three years in sanctuary in a Toronto church and were clinging to the slim hope Canada would allow them to return on humanitarian and compassionate grounds for the wrong done by their former lawyer. They have been in hiding in Hungary ever since.