DEPORTATION ORDER LIFTED: Honduras-born Dany Villanueva can stay in Canada

Dany Villanueva’s deportation order lifted

Honduras-born Dany Villanueva can stay in Canada after all but immigration officials warned he must keep on the straight and narrow to avoid deportation.

The brother of Fredy Villanueva, who died after he was shot by police in a Montreal North park in 2008, had been ordered deported in 2010 for a 2006 armed robbery conviction.

But Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) gave him a reprieve last September by accepting his request for a pre-removal risk assessment, which suspended his deportation. Last month, the department concluded Villanueva’s life could be in danger if he were returned to Honduras.

“Despite the risk he poses (in Canada), I believe the danger he faces in Honduras is much greater,” a Jan. 26 decision by CIC reads. “Mr. Villanueva could face a threat to his life or cruel and unusual punishment if he is returned to Honduras.”

Stéphane Handfield, Villanueva’s lawyer, says there’s a serious risk of torture by the military or criminal groups in the Central American country. The fact that his case is such a high profile one, that he once had alleged ties to a street gang and that he is covered in tattoos make him especially vulnerable to Honduras’ notorious gangs, Handfield argued during CIC hearings.

Though Handfield and the Villanueva family welcome the government’s decision, his residence in Canada is far from unconditional. Though his parents have refugee status in Canada, Villanueva is not a permanent resident.

“The (Immigration) Minister can, at any moment, review this decision,” said Handfield. “So if Dany Villanueva re-offends, if he were to commit a criminal infraction and be found guilty, the minister would decide, at that moment, to end that decision and the order to send him back would take effect.”

If the violence in Honduras were to subside, that might also cause the CIC to rescind its decision but Handfield believes that’s an unlikely scenario.

“I don’t see that happening in the coming days,” he said. “But if the situation in Honduras were to somehow change 180 degrees, (Villanueva) could be deported.”


SIKH COMMUNITY: Surjit Singh Badesha and his sister Malkit Kaur Sidhu accused of “honour” killing, Canadian court stops deportation to India

Canadian court stops honour killing accused’s deportation

    • Indo Asian News Service, Hindustan Times, Toronto
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2016 17:36 IST
NRI Jaswinder with husband Sukhwinder Singh (Mithu). Jaswinder was killed by men allegedly hired by her mother Malkit Kaur (top right) and uncle Surjit Singh Badesha.

A Canadian court has stopped the deportation of a man and his sister to India to face trial for the honour killing of the man’s niece in Punjab on grounds that they may not get justice in India.

Surjit Badesha and his sister Malkit Sidhu had hired contract killers to eliminate Malkit’s daughter Jassi (Jaswinder) Sidhu in June 2000 because she had married a lower-caste autorickshaw driver in Punjab.

Canada-born Jaswinder had met autorickshaw driver Sukhwinder Singh (Mithu) in Jagraon during her visit to Punjab in 1996 and fallen in love with him. The two secretly married in 1999 when she came back from Canada to tie the knot.

Jaswinder was murdered in June 2000 near Sukhwinder’s village.

Punjab Police investigations confirmed it was an honour killing plotted by Jaswinder’s mother Malkit and her uncle Badesha while the two were in Canada.

Based on the evidence of 266 phone calls that Badesha made with the hired killers, India formally requested Canada in 2005 to extradite him and Malkit to face trial.

In May 2014, the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver ordered that Jaswinder’s uncle and mother must be deported to India to face trial.

But on Friday, British Columbia’s appeal court overturned the deportation order against the mother and uncle of Jaswinder , citing India’s “appalling” record in regard to prisoners.

Justice Ian Donald wrote in a two-to-one decision: “In my view, there is a valid basis for concern that the applicants will be subjected to violence, torture and/or neglect if surrendered.”

Mexican Gabriela Villa fighting deportation

Mexican woman fighting deportation in Montreal fears for autistic son

Gabriela Villa has been in Montreal since 2007 and was denied permanent residence in 2012

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7-year-old Nathan was born in Montreal and is a Canadian citizen. But his mother, Gabriela Villa, isn't.

7-year-old Nathan was born in Montreal and is a Canadian citizen. But his mother, Gabriela Villa, isn’t. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

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A Mexican single mother fighting deportation is worried for her autistic son’s safety in her homeland.

Gabriela Villa has been in Montreal since 2007. Her request for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds was denied in 2012.

That was before her seven-year-old son Nathan, who was born here, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

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.

NIck Procaylo / Postmedia News file

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.


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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TORONTO: Chinese waiter posted $40,000 bond to secure the release of Wa Cheng who was later deported

Toronto couple loses $40K to Ottawa after bailing out deportee they barely knew

Putting up bond for a stranger proves disastrous after CBSA rules he violated his conditions

Jian Feng Yang and Yue Yun Gao

Jian Feng Yang and Yue Yun Gao

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A Toronto couple has lost $40,000 savings after border officials forfeited the bond they put up for the bail of an acquaintance facing deportation. The couple, Yue Yun GAO and husband Jian Feng YANG, seen in lawyer Matthew Jeffery’s office on April 30, 2015
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When a friend in the U.S. called him one day four years ago to ask for his help in getting a man he barely knew out of immigration detention in Toronto, Jian Feng Yang didn’t hesitate, because they came from the same hometown in China.

On July 22, 2011, Yang, 40, and his wife, Yue Yun Gao, 39, went to the immigration holding centre on Airport Rd. and posted a $40,000 bond to secure the release of Wa Cheng, a man from Changle in Fujian Province. Cheng was later deported from Canada, ruled inadmissible because of his criminal past abroad.

Two years later, the Toronto couple have found themselves owing $40,000 to Ottawa — the result of what their lawyer describes as “a lack of procedural fairness in forfeiture” by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Yang and Gao’s dilemma offers a cautionary tale to others asked to bail out someone being held on immigration law violations.

“We took this person in and made sure he would not run away, and he never did,” said Yang, who works as a waiter to support his wife and their two boys, 10 and 8. “We do not regret helping him out of jail, but we have lost our faith in the system.”

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari to be deported to native Pakistan

Pakistani man caught with $20K weapons cache in Peterborough, Ont., will be deported within the month: CBSA

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TORONTO — A member of a Pakistani terrorist organization who was caught in Ontario with a cache of firearms will be deported within the next month, a Canada Border Services Agency officer said at a hearing Monday.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, who has lived in Canada since 2007, will be deported as soon as travel arrangements have been finalized for himself and the CBSA officers who will escort him to Pakistan, Naureen Ismail said.

Ansari has a valid passport and has waived his right to an assessment of the risks he might face upon his return to his native country, Ismail told the Immigration and Refugee Board at a hearing to decide whether to keep him in custody.

“We anticipate Mr. Ansari’s removal will be effected in the hear future,” Ismail said, arguing he was a flight risk and danger to the public. “We do expect that it will be within the next month but I can’t get any more specific than that right now.”

Ansari refused to participate in the hearing. His lawyer, Derek Lee, a former Liberal MP, did not attend the session. IRB Member Karina Henrique ordered Ansari to remain in detention in Lindsay, Ont., saying his release was “out of the question.”

The fact, however that he amassed $20,000 in guns and ammunition over such a short period raises questions and concerns, that remain plausibly unanswered, regarding his motives and whether there was an underlying plan given that he also spent a fair amount of time at the gun range practicing his shot

The IRB stripped Ansari of his permanent resident status and ordered deported last month, ruling he was a member of the terror group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), also known as the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaal (ASWJ).

In its decision, the IRB said Ansari’s refusal to acknowledge that the SSP had “murdered thousands of people in Pakistan for not sharing their religious views” was “a reflection of either willful blindness or a shared mentality that it is permissible to eliminate anyone who does not share your faith perspective.”

In a basement in Peterborough, Ont., Ansari had stockpiled $20,000 worth of firearms. He made trips to Pakistan to visit a cleric who fought “jihad” in Afghanistan and wrote provocatively about his beliefs on the Internet, once commenting beside a photos of the Toronto Scotiabank Tower, “If I only had a plane.”

The CBSA had linked him to the SSP through his association with Pakistani Deobandi cleric and former jihadist fighter Ilyas Ghuman. Canadian officials said Ansari had been involved with the terror group since before coming to Canada and had been soliciting funds and promoting its goals online.