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Published by Stewart Bell
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/06/18/eritrea-consulate-still-extorting-diaspora-tax-in-canada-a-year-after-top-diplomat-expelled-over-scheme/
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/06/18/eritrea-consulate-still-extorting-diaspora-tax-in-canada-a-year-after-top-diplomat-expelled-over-scheme/

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Transcript a June 18, 2014 phone call between Afewerki Habtemichael, a Canadian who fled Eritrea, and an Eritrean consulate employee in Toronto. It was translated and released by  the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba. Habtemichael:
 Is this the consulate of the State of Eritrea?
Consulate:
 Yes, this is the office of the consulate of Eritrea.
Habtemichael:
 Yes. I am called Misghina. I wanted your cooperation.
Consulate:
 What is it about? How can we assist you?
Habtemichael:
 In the country, we have a house and my parents want  to transfer it to my name. So, they told my parents 2% document has  to be obtained from the consulate office in Canada.
Consulate:
 Have you started paying?
Habtemichael:
 I came three years ago. I am new. And I have been studying.
Consulate:
 Ok. You have got to go to Domenico; are you in Edmonton?
Habtemichael:
 I am in Fort McMurray; it is near Edmonton.
Consulate:
 I think the closer one to you is Domenico. From school  when did you come? How did you leave?
Habtemichael:
 I left through Sudan.
Consulate:
 Across the border?
 
Habtemichael:
 I have been sponsored to here from Sudan.
Consulate:
 No, no. Did you leave Eritrea legally?
Habtemichael:
 No. I was in national service.
Consulate:
 Ok; you have got to go Anderberhan and you need to fill out the form called Recantation/ Confession Letter.
Habtemichael:
 I did that in Sudan.
Consulate:
 Do you have the card with you?
Habtemichael:
 Yes, I have.
Consulate:
 Send us the photocopy of the card; plus the card you have, fill it out, the day you entered Canada, along with your landed document.
Habtemichael:
 Landed document; you meant the PR?
Consulate:
 Yes, the PR. And your income tax.
Habtemichael:
 Ok, but I didn’t work much, I mean …
Consulate:
 But we do claim tax every year as a Canadian, even if it is zero, zero, for us it support document.
Habtemichael:
 Even if it is zero, you can give me saying he didn’t have any?
Consulate:
 Yes, first we see the income tax; that is our evidence. We need the document from Revenue Canada. The document is called
 
NOA. Not the document the agent did for you but the document you received from Revenue Canada, the Notice of Assessment.
Habtemichael:
 Oh, ok, the Notice of Assessment?
Consulate:
 Yes.
Habtemichael:
 Ok.
Consulate:
 That one, the landed document showing when you entered Canada?
Habtemichael:
 Oh, I entered in 2011.
Consulate:
 The 2011 showing when you entered and the Notice of  Assessment of 2012 and 2013, send us these documents. And the B-4 card form
Habtemichael:
 The Recantation/Confession document?
Consulate:
 Mail it. Mail.
Habtemichael:
 Ok.
Consulate:
 Mail it. It doesn’t work in fax.
Habtemichael:
 So, should I contact Domenico, is that his name? Can  you give his number?
Consulate:
 No, you don’t need to contact Domenico if you have the Recantation/Confession Letter or card.
Habtemichael:
 Ok, so, then I just have to send it to you?

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