Ex-KGB agent leaves Canada after hiding in Vancouver church for six years to avoid deportation

Ex-KGB agent leaves Canada after hiding in Vancouver church for six years to avoid deportation

 | August 16, 2015 | Last Updated: Aug 17 8:42 AM ET
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Mikhail Lennikov at the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver in 2009.

Wayne Leidenfrost / Postmedia News file Mikhail Lennikov at the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver in 2009.

A former KGB agent who spent six years hiding in a Vancouver church to avoid deportation to Russia has left Canada after surrendering to immigration enforcement authorities, his lawyer said Sunday.

Mikhail Lennikov, 55, voluntarily left the church in which he had sought sanctuary in 2009. He was escorted by Canada Border Services Agency officers to Toronto, where he boarded a flight to Moscow.

“I can confirm he left, he’s no longer in the country,” said Hadayt Nazami, his Toronto immigration lawyer. “It was a voluntary departure through negotiations. He wasn’t deported.”

He declined to explain why Lennikov had decided to give up his fight. He said the Russian had been negotiating an agreement with the CBSA for some time. The deal did not involve Lennikov going to any country other than Russia, he said.

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NIck Procaylo / Postmedia News fileFormer KGB agent Mikhail Lennikov and his wife Irina and son Dmitri at home in Burnaby, B.C. Feb. 28, 2009.

He confirmed CBSA officers had not entered the church. Lennikov still has several cases outstanding in the Canadian courts, Nazami added. “I’ll be continuing to represent him with those applications.”

Lennikov was one of a handful of asylum seekers holed up inside Canadian churches to avoid deportation. The CBSA has refrained from entering places of worship to make arrests.

His high-profile case became politicized, with the NDP calling Lennikov an example of “a really wrong-headed immigration policy by this government” and arguing the Russian was not a threat to Canada.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, supported his deportation, saying that as a former member of the notorious Soviet state security apparatus he was unwelcome in Canada.

Lennikov began cooperating with the KGB while he was at Far Eastern State University, where he was active in the communist youth league. Hired in 1982, he was assigned to the Japanese section of the Vladivostok office.

“His work included translating documents, assessing prospective Japanese informants’ credibility and continuing contact with some student informants from Far Eastern State University,” the Federal Court wrote in a ruling.

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The lawyer said he had not heard whether Lennikov had arrived in Russia. Lennikov had earlier said he feared being charged with treason by Russian authorities because he had revealed the names of KGB agents.

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Tragedy of ‘golden’ daughter’s fall resonates with Asian immigrants

Straight A student to murderer: Tragedy of ‘golden’ daughter’s fall resonates with Asian immigrants

 | July 27, 2015 | Last Updated: Jul 27 4:54 PM ET
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Jennifer Pan's  trial, for plotting with hit men to kill her parents, ended in January, and she's serving a long sentence. But the full story of this troubled young woman is just now being told as a complete and powerful narrative by someone who knew her.

For a while, Tragedy of ‘golden’ daughter’s fall resonates with Asian immigrants’s parents regarded her as their “golden” child.

The young Canadian woman, who lived in the city of Markham just north of Toronto, was a straight A student at a Catholic school who won scholarships and early acceptance to college. True to her father’s wishes, she graduated from the University of Toronto’s prestigious pharmacology program and went on to work at a blood-testing lab at SickKids hospital.

Pan’s accomplishments used to make her mother and father, Bich Ha and Huei Hann Pan, brim with pride. After all, they had arrived in Toronto as refugees from Vietnam, working as labourers for an auto parts manufacturer so their two kids could have the bright future that they couldn’t attain for themselves.

But in Pan’s case, that perfect fate was all an elaborate lie. She failed to graduate from high school, let alone the University of Toronto, as she had told her parents. Her trial, for plotting with hit men to kill her parents, ended in January, and she’s serving a long sentence. But the full story of this troubled young woman is just now being told as a complete and powerful narrative by someone who knew her.

A social butterfly with an easy, high-pitched laugh, she mixed with guys, girls, Asians, Caucasians, jocks, nerds, people deep into the arts

In a story published in Toronto Life magazine last week, reporter Karen Ho detailed the intricate web of deception that her high school classmate at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in north Scarborough spun to prevent her parents from discovering the unimaginable: that their golden child was, in fact, failing. Using court documents and interviews, Ho pieced together Pan’s descent from a precocious elementary schooler to a chronic liar who forged report cards, scholarship letters and university transcripts — all to preserve an image of perfection. The headline: “Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: the inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead.”

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Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23, identified as victims of the Muzik nightclub shootings

3 other people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds

CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2015 12:29 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015 7:57 PM ET

Police have identified Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23, as victims of the Muzik nightclub after party shootings that occurred early Tuesday morning.
Police have identified Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23, as victims of the Muzik nightclub after party shootings that occurred early Tuesday morning. (Toronto Police Service)

Toronto police have identified the victims of Tuesday’s deadly shooting at Muzik nightclub as a 26-year-old woman, as well as a 23-year-old man who was due in court this week on drug charges.

Police said Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, of Toronto, and Duvel Hibbert, of Brampton, were killed after gunfire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hibbert was scheduled to appear at Toronto’s Old City Hall Court on Thursday on charges related to the possession and trafficking of drugs.

Sanctuary cities send bad message

Sanctuary cities send bad message

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In the early evening of July 1, my husband and I found ourselves at a lively pub in San Francisco’s financial district. Surrounded by hundreds of friendly Canadians, we celebrated our nation’s birthday by donning red and white, drinking Canadian beer, and indulging in maple-glazed donuts and greasy poutine.

A few blocks away, Kate Steinie, a 32-year-old tech professional and her father took a stroll along San Francisco’s picturesque waterfront. Seemingly out of nowhere, Steinie was shot dead. The shooter is an illegal immigrant from Mexico; a man deported on five previous occasions.

He shot Steinie in a drug-fuelled state, for no reason whatsoever.

The backlash has caused a frenzy. Americans are furious that an illegal immigrant – a man deported multiple times with multiple felony charges – was back in the United States and able to shoot an innocent stranger. It is unfathomably irresponsible that such a man was roaming the streets of San Francisco, in possession of a handgun no less.

The terrible incident has sprung a national debate on immigration.

Many in particular have criticized San Francisco’s status as a “sanctuary city,” that is, a city that purposely does not enforce national immigration laws and acts as a “safe space” for undocumented illegal immigrants.

TORONTO: Immigration lawyer Richard Odeleye charged with sexual assault

Immigration lawyer charged with sexual assault

Female client alleges she was sexually assaulted on three occasions.

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Police have charged Richard Odeleye, 60, of Toronto, with three counts of sexual assault.

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Police have charged Richard Odeleye, 60, of Toronto, with three counts of sexual assault.

By: Riannon Westall Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Jul 17 2015

Toronto police have charged an immigration lawyer with sexual assault.

According to police, on several occasions from December 2013 to March 2014, a 35-year-old woman visited a lawyer’s office in the Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave. area.

The woman alleges that on three separate occasions, she was sexually assaulted.

On Wednesday, police arrested and charged Richard Odeleye, 60, of Toronto, with three counts of sexual assault. He is slated to appear in court Aug. 27.

Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them at (416) 808-3200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-8477.

Toronto-area residents face 37 charges in immigration fraud case

CBSA alleges Mississauga trio acted as unauthorized immigration consultants

The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 15, 2015 11:56 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 11:56 AM ET

Canada Border Services Agency says three Toronto-area residents face a total of 37 charges in an immigration fraud case. (CBC)

Three Toronto-area residents have been charged in an immigration fraud case by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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They were charged with several offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Investigators allege Eliza Lazaro and Cecilia Bautista, also known as Cecilia Agtarap, acted as unauthorized immigration consultants, and provided false information to clients and government officials in order to obtain Canadian visas.

They also allege Lazaro’s husband, Bernabe Lazaro, assisted by providing false information in order to obtain visas.

CBSA alleges Eliza Lazaro has been operating as an unlicensed immigration consultant since 2009.

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A total of 37 charges were laid in the case, including misrepresentation and human trafficking.

All three accused appeared in Brampton court last Wednesday.