Canadian priest investigated for ‘gambling away’ refugees’ money

A priest in Canada has allegedly gambled away about £266,000 given to him to look after by the relatives of refugees, the Canadian press is reporting.

About seven or eight families who belong to St. Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church gave Father Amer Saka the money to safeguard for refugees who were due to arrive in Canada, according to Bishop Emanuel Shelato, head of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Canada.

“They deposited it for their loved ones [and] he was supposed to return it when their relatives came,” Shelato told the Toronto Sun newspaper.

“They did not give this money as a donation for their church. Those people are upset now that money is not there anymore,” he said. “They trusted him, this money was not for him. It was to be given back to the refugees.”

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