Calgary man shocked by treatment at Caribbean airport
A Calgary man says he is relieved to be back home safe after he was taken out of a Dominican Republic airport by drug officials without any explanation.
On Sunday, Angel Basilis was catching a flight back home to Calgary from Punta Cana when he was waved over by drug officials.
“One of the officers said, ‘OK, come with me,’” Basilis said, adding he thought he might be questioned but not led out of the airport and into a car.
“I was afraid to ask any questions,” he said. “I just froze and played along.”
Basilis was told he would have to undergo an X-ray at a local hospital.
“You know, I didn’t want to start talking about rights. It’s probably not the right thing to do over there,” he said.
There were no drugs found in the X-ray, so Basilis was returned to the airport and even managed to catch his flight home.
In a statement from Canada’s Foreign Affairs department, a spokesperson says such an exam is unusual in the Dominican Republic but Canadian citizens are entitled to consular services.
But Basilis says nobody from the Canadian Embassy in the Dominican Republic has responded to his calls for help.
There is, however, an emergency number in Ottawa that Canadians travelling abroad can use when they are in trouble, which accepts collect calls.
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