An immigration judge denied refugee status to a man whose outlandish story about dating a Kuwaiti princess had more holes than Swiss cheese.
Mahmoud Salem Abdelkhalek Alnagger, a 25 year Kuwaiti-born man of Palestinian descent, was denied asylum in Canada after claiming that his life was in danger for dating the granddaughter of the Kuwaiti Crown Prince.
Alnagger, who worked as a clerk at a travel agency in Kuwait, alleged that in 2014 he met the granddaughter of the Crown Prince of Kuwait, whom he dated in secret for one year during which time they went for walks in parks, attended parties, and met for “private time” every 2 weeks in a rented room.
Alnagger claims that in 2016 he received death threats from the princess’ brother who came to Alnagger’s house as well as the travel agency where he worked, prompting the applicant to go into hiding and eventually leave Kuwait and claim asylum in Canada.
Judge Simpson of the Refugee Protection Division found the applicant’s story to be implausible on the basis that Kuwait is a conservative Muslim nation where women have little freedom and Palestinians are intensely disliked for having supported Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The judge also took issue with the Alnagger’s improbable claims that a princess would be seen in public with a Palestinian man unaccompanied by a male relative, that she would meet with him in private in a rented room and that a Kuwaiti prince would personally seek revenge on him.
Finally, no official record could be found of the princess or her brother in any Kuwaiti genealogy documents. For these reasons, Alnagger’s application for asylum was dismissed.
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]