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In this Feb. 5, 2005 file photo, al-Saadi Gadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, arrives in Sydney, Australia.

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A Canadian woman being held in Mexico over an alleged plot involving Moammar Gadhafi's son will have to stay in jail for another 40 days.

Cynthia Vanier's father John MacDonald says the family has been told that her detention will be extended even though no charges have yet been laid.

He says she will have to stay in Mexico as police continue to investigate.

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Mr. MacDonald says he and his wife have spoken to Ms. Vanier on the telephone half a dozen times since the arrest and are worried about her poor health.

He says no one can tell him what will happen next and wishes the Canadian government would be doing more to help.

Ms. Vanier, a mediator based in Mount Forest, Ont., is accused by Mexican authorities of planning to illegally smuggle the late Libyan dictator's son Al-Saadi Gadhafi into Mexico.

Ms. Vanier denies the allegations and her parents say they believe she is being used as a scapegoat.

She has been held there since Nov. 10.

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