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Huntley won't talk about refugee application

Brandon Huntley has decided to keep his refugee application in Canada under wraps.

Brandon Huntley has decided to keep his refugee application in Canada under wraps.

JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer for a South African man who controversially sought refugee status in Canada says he will not say anything further about the application.

Brandon Huntley moved to Canada in 2008, claiming he was being targeted by criminals in Cape Town, because he is white.

The Canadian Immigration Board granted him refugee status in 2009, but that decision was overturned by a federal court.

Huntley's appeal to the Supreme Court in 2012 also failed.

Following the 2012 decision not to hear his appeal, Huntley once again approached the Canadian Immigration Board to review the decision.

He said he would come to harm if he returned to South Africa because of the extensive media coverage of his case.

The hearing was due to take place late in 2012, but Huntley's lawyer Russell Kaplan told Eyewitness News he would not tell anyone the outcome or even whether the application was heard.

He believes if Huntley is successful with his refugee claim, the South African government will accuse its Canadian counterpart of being racist.

Kaplan also said he has never been more confident that South Africans, who fear rational or political persecution, could claim refugee status anywhere in the world if their cases were presented properly.

Huntley married Canadian citizen Melani Crête in August 2007 and successfully applied for refugee status eight months later.

The couple separated in December 2008.

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