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TORONTO: Sami Mediouni arrested for allegedly recruiting drug smugglers

Mounties arrest Toronto man for allegedly recruiting drug smugglers

The Canadian Press 

Published Friday, September 19, 2014 5:58PM EDT

TORONTO — The Mounties have arrested a Toronto man who they allege recruited drug traffickers into an international narcotics ring.

The arrest Wednesday of 35-year-old Sami Mediouni followed a nine-month investigation into what police allege was a criminal group that utilized Canadian travellers to export cocaine into the United Kingdom.

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The RCMP alleges Mediouni has been an active recruiter of traffickers and was responsible for recruiting and introducing Simone to the international smuggling scheme.

He has been charged with the importation of a controlled substance as well as conspiracy and is due in court Sept. 25.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/mounties-arrest-toronto-man-for-allegedly-recruiting-drug-smugglers-1.2015812#ixzz3Dnp766Df

Christie Blatchford deplores lack of “kindness” in Canadian immigration policy

Christie Blatchford is a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster.

Christie Blatchford: Canada shows lack of kindness in deporting harmless Pakistani woman

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Jamila Bibi was whisked away by two Canadian Border Services Agency officers early Tuesday morning at the Saskatoon airport, set for deportation to her native Pakistan.

Evan Radford/Postmedia NewsJamila Bibi was whisked away by two Canadian Border Services Agency officers early Tuesday morning at the Saskatoon airport, set for deportation to her native Pakistan.

When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon Star PhoenixTuesday, I thought of only one thing, and that is, how Canada looks from the air.

I’ve flown across this country probably more than the average bear, most recently this summer from Prince George, B.C., to Moncton, N.B., when the shooting of four Mounties overtook the trial I was covering.

Lucky me, in the course of doing my job, I’ve seen Canada in all four seasons from the air. The only constant is how marvelously empty the country is, most of it.

Yet Canada couldn’t wait to deport Ms. Bibi, an unsophisticated woman from a village in Pakistan, Tuesday morning from the airport in Saskatoon. She and her friend and ally, Sahana Yeasmin, at whose restaurant Ms. Bibi had been working, said a tearful goodbye.

Ms. Bibi had been faithfully checking in weekly for the past 22 months, just as she had been ordered to do, and it was at one of these recent check-ins that authorities abruptly decided to remove her, despite a United Nations order to put the proceeding on hold until it was properly investigated.

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Jamila Bibi and Sahana Yeasmin, her friend and employer, cry at the Saskatoon airport as Bibi awaits deportation to Pakistan.

Her lawyer, Bashir Khan of Winnipeg, says she doesn’t know when she was born, but guesses she’s probably in her early 60s. He is enraged by her treatment, and so am I.

Ms. Bibi was sent back to a country where generally, women and girls are treated appallingly, where as the most recent report of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women notes, child and forced marriage, “karo-kari” (a local term that covers a wide variety of allegedly immoral female behaviour and which empowers family members to commit an honour killing), stove-burning and acid throwing, marriage to the Koran, and polygamy all persist.

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CALGARY: HIV positive Sudanese man withheld his health condition from woman he married

Sudan: HIV/AIDS prevalence was 2.6 percent in 2012

KEVIN MARTIN | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY – Passing his HIV virus to his unsuspecting new bride was a criminal act, a judge ruled Friday in finding a Calgary man guilty of aggravated sexual assault.

Provincial court Judge Gord Wong said the man, who can’t be named to protect his victim’s identity, withheld his health condition from the woman.

As a result, Wong said the woman’s consent to sexual contact with him was gained through fraud, making it a crime.

Because the offender put the woman’s life at risk, the offence constituted an aggravated sexual assault – a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 14 years.

The 30-year-old Sudanese native met the victim at a party in May 2011.

Within days of their first contact he began talking to her about marriage and they wed in July, Wong noted.

By October, the woman suspected she was with child and went for a pregnancy test.

“Tests were conducted, which confirmed she was pregnant,” Wong noted.

“Unfortunately, those same tests showed that she had been infected by the HIV virus,” he said.

The offender became infected with the life-threatening illness before coming to Canada in 2004 and learned of his condition a year earlier.

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OTTAWA: Deepan Budlakoti fighting for Canadian citizenship

Ottawa man born in Canada loses round in fight for citizenship

 

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:06AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:42PM EDT

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man says he will appeal after losing a round in his court battle for Canadian citizenship.

Deepan Budlakoti was suddenly told by federal officials four years ago that he is not a citizen — even though he was born in Canada and had been issued a birth certificate and a Canadian passport.

The government argues Budlakoti did not automatically become a Canadian at birth in October 1989, as his parents were employed by a foreign diplomat, the Indian high commissioner.

Budlakoti, 24, was ordered out of Canada three years ago due to drug and firearms convictions. He unsuccessfully tried to challenge the order in court.

In December 2012 he completed his sentence and was released into custody of the Canada Border Services Agency. Continue reading

TORONTO: Sivakumar Sivagnanam, 63, arrested in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a Sexual Assault investigation.

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m., a girl, 12, was in her home in the Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road area.

It is alleged that:

- she answered a knock at the door

- a man entered the home and sexually assaulted her

Sivakumar Sivagnanam, 63, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with: 

1) two counts of Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling 
2) two counts of Sexual Assault 
3) two counts of Sexual Interference 
4) Forcible Confinement 

He appeared in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10 a.m., courtroom 412.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World. 

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.


Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Hunter Smith, Sex Crimes

 

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho arrested in condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

Toronto lawyer arrested in alleged condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

KAT SIENIUC

The Globe and Mail

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A Toronto lawyer was arrested Tuesday after at least 25 people came forward alleging they paid deposits for a condo in north Toronto, only to learn later that the land had been sold, the developer had fled and their money was gone.

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

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At a time when construction is booming in Toronto, the alleged fraud calls into question whether strong enough safeguards exist for condo buyers in the city. While real estate lawyers and authorities say a crime of this nature is rare, others say the new-sale market needs more oversight.

“This wasn’t something that somebody met them [victims] down the back alley. This was a condo development, they were dealing with a lawyer at this time, and the purpose of the trust account is to hold the monies in trust, they are not supposed to be moved,” Det. Constable Devereaux said.

The victims’ losses vary from $40,000 to $700,000 in deposits, according to police. Continue reading

TORONTO: Franklin Afrifa arrested in killing of Olatoyebi Waheed; Benard Asante still at large

 

Police are searching for Benard Asante, aka Benard Kissi, 24, of Toronto in connection to a fatal drive-by shooting near Jane and Eglinton earlier this week. Police have arrested Franklin Afrifa, 25, on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Asante is wanted on the same charges.

Man arrested in fatal drive-by shooting

One man has been arrested and police are still searching for a second in connection to the shooting on Aug. 19, which killed a Toronto man.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Aug 24 2014

A man has been arrested and one man is still wanted in connection to a fatal drive-by shooting earlier this week.

EMS was called to the area of Jane St. and Eglinton Ave. W. around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, to what appeared to be a targeted drive-by shooting on a busy North York street.

Olatoyebi Waheed, 24, of Toronto, was killed in the shooting, and a 23-year-old man sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Toronto Police executed two search warrants at residential addresses in Toronto on Sunday.

Franklin Afrifa, 25, of Toronto, was arrested at one of the homes. He faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder, and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Police are still searching for Benard Asante, also known as Benard Kissi, 24, of Toronto. He is wanted on the same charges.

Asante is described as black, five feet five inches, and 130 lbs. He has his hair in cornrows. Continue reading

QUEBEC CITY: Nadjat Boudjerima and Nora Boudjerima arrested and charged in bomb scare

Appel à la bombe : les sœurs Boudjerima évaluées et accusées

Nicolas Saillant

Dernière mise à jour: 08-09-2014 | 09h30

QUÉBEC – Les patientes de l’urgence de l’Hôtel-Dieu qui ont prétendu être en possession d’une bombe dimanche soir font maintenant face à des accusations de méfait, faux message et menace.

Nadjat Boudjerima, 41 ans et sa sœur, Nora Boudjerima, 45 ans, ont comparu lundi après-midi après avoir obtenu leur congé de l’hôpital où elles avaient été amenées après leur arrestation tôt en matinée.

Les deux femmes, qui ont créé tout un émoi dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi à l’hôpital de l’Hôtel-Dieu, font face à des accusations de menace de détruire, faux message et méfait. Continue reading

QUEBEC CITY (Fr.): Deux femmes qui portaient le voile et qui s’exprimaient en français auteurs de l’alerte à la bombe

Les auteurs de l’alerte à la bombe résidaient à l’hôtel Best Western du Centre-ville

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Les patientes de l’urgence de l’Hôtel-Dieu qui ont prétendu être en possession d’une bombe se trouvaient au restaurant du Best Western sur de la Couronne lorsqu’elles ont demandé une ambulance dimanche soir.

Selon ce que le Journal a appris, les deux femmes qui ont été arrêtées tôt ce matin après avoir tenu les policiers et le personnel de l’Hôtel-Dieu en alerte toute la nuit, étaient au Bistro le 330 lorsqu’elles ont demandé une ambulance. Les femmes qui portaient le voile et qui s’exprimaient en français étaient clientes du Best Western centre-ville.

Selon l’employé du Bistro 330 qui a servi les deux femmes vers 21 h dimanche, l’une d’elles semblait confuse lorsqu’elle s’est assise à une table de la salle à manger. «Il y en a une qui ne parlait pas, elle avait des lunettes soleil, elle ne parlait pas, elle ne me regardait pas, rien», raconte le jeune homme qui a préféré ne pas être identifié.

Le serveur qui a présenté les dames de 41 et 45 ans comme étant «des sœurs» ajoute que celles-ci étaient indécises. «Sa sœur a dit, je vais prendre un café, finalement elle n’en voulait pas, puis elle l’a pris. Ensuite elles étaient supposées commander. Au moment de prendre la commande, elle a dit appelle une ambulance», raconte celui qui a composé le 9-1-1.

«Elles avaient l’air bien correctes», ajoute le serveur qui indique que l’ambulance s’est présenté environ 15 minutes plus tard. Des touristes de la Suisse, clients du Best Western ont aussi indiqué au Journal avoir été «intrigué» par l’ambulance ainsi que la présence de deux voitures de police au coin de la Couronne et de la rue du Roi hier soir.

«On était au pub en face et on a vu une ambulance et deux voitures de police vers 21 h 30. C’était curieux», indique la dame sans en savoir davantage.

Selon le superviseur ambulancier Jean-François Roy, «Il n’y avait absolument rien qui pouvait laisser présager ce qui allait suivre» lorsque les dames ont été prises en charge par les paramédics hier soir. Continue reading

TORONTO: Hicham Laghzaoui charged with sexual assault on a man

Several charges have been laid against 38 year old Hicham Laghzaoui including assault with a weapon and sexual assault on a man.TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

Arrest Made in Downtown Sexual Assault

Toronto, ON, Canada / Talk Radio AM640

September 08, 2014 11:22 am

Toronto Police have charged a woman in connection with a sexual assault downtown early Saturday morning.

Police say it happened around 3a.m. in the Dundas Street West and McCaul Street area, when a woman entered a home through the front door left unlocked.

Police allege the woman confronted the tenants inside and threatened to pepper spray them. According to police a man was then sexually assaulted.

Several charges have been laid against 38 year old Hicham Laghzaoui including assault with a weapon and sexual assault.

Police believe there could be more victims and are reminding the public, specifically university and college students, to lock their doors.