TORONTO: Peer Mohammad Khairi, who almost decapitated wife, loses appeal

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By: Diana Mehta The Canadian Press, Published on Wed Apr 22 2015

Ontario’s highest court upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Afghan immigrant who nearly decapitated his wife, calling the woman’s death a “horrific” killing in a decision released Wednesday.

Peer Mohammad Khairi, a father of six, had argued that the judge who presided over his trial made several errors, and asked the appeal court for a new trial.

If a fresh trial couldn’t be ordered, Khairi had asked that his period of parole ineligibility — currently set at 15 years after he was sentenced to life in prison — be lowered to 10 or 11 years.

He was turned down by Ontario’s Court of Appeal on both fronts.

“The conviction appeal is dismissed. While we grant leave to appeal the sentence, the sentence appeal is dismissed,” the court’s decision said.

Khairi had admitted to killing his wife in March 2008, it was the circumstances of the death that had been in dispute at his trial, the court noted.

“He contended that he lacked the intent for murder due to mental health issues. Alternatively, he claimed that he stabbed his wife in the heat of passion, caused by her allegedly provocative words and conduct,” the appeal court wrote.

A jury deliberated for three days in 2012 before finding Khairi guilty of second-degree murder.

In his appeal, Khairi argued that the trial judge erred by not declaring a mistrial after what was allegedly an “improper” opening statement from Crown prosecutors, whose effect was allegedly to prevent him from receiving a fair trial. He also claimed the prosecution’s closing address was inflammatory.

The appeal court agreed that the Crown’s opening statement was improper, but found that the trial judge adequately instructed the jury that the Crown’s remarks exceeded the scope of a proper opening statement.


Khairi, who was born in Afghanistan, immigrated to Canada with his wife and children in 2003 after having spent the previous 15 years in India.

The family settled in Toronto but due to the couple’s limited education and inability to speak English, neither of them could find work, court documents have noted.

In 2006, the family had financial troubles and the relationship between Khairi and his wife became strained, the documents said.


Liberal Leader David Swann unveil party’s five-point plan to improve lives of new Canadians

Liberals unveil five-point plan to improve lives of new Canadians

Published on: April 18, 2015
Last Updated: April 18, 2015 8:44 PM MDT

Liberal Leader David Swann unveiled his party’s five-point plan to improve the lives of new Canadians Saturday, April 18, 2015 in CalgaryTrevor Howell / Calgary Herald

The Alberta government is inadequately funding social agencies and programs aimed at helping immigrants successfully transition into Canadian society and the workforce, says Liberal Leader David Swann.

Swann unveiled his party’s five-point plan on Saturday that would bolster local immigration agencies, improve English language and jobs training, streamline the foreign credential review process, and add $25 million for settlement funding.

“We do not believe the PCs have done a good job in preparing and supporting new Canadians and helping them adequately to have their credentials, their training (and) their expertise recognized here,” Swann told roughly 50 supporters at a northeast Liberal campaign office.

Settlement agencies the provide essential services to newcomers lack the resources to adequately meet demand, Swann said.

 Further, he said the Liberals would increase funding to traditional and Internet English language training to unburden social agencies, teachers and help immigrants reach their full potential faster.

“It’s impossible to succeed in this culture without a strong basis in language learning,” Swann said. “We don’t see a strong commitment there by the Alberta government.”

The Tory government was criticized last month for slashing millions of dollars from specialty grants to school boards in the budget, including nearly $3 million from the ESL grant.

“Some people transition easily and in six months … some people are going to take longer,” Swann said. “The provincial government has to help people make whatever the transition timing is right for them and their families.”

Linguistically handicapped Chinese investors in trouble

Lost in translation: The strange tale of two Chinese investors, their friends and a disappearing fortune

 | April 18, 2015 | Last Updated: Apr 18 12:31 AM ET
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Chunxiang Yan, left and Zhenhua Wang celebrate their purchase of a 334-acre estate near Tweed, Ont., at a lavish banquet on Feb. 25, 2013.

FacebookChunxiang Yan, left and Zhenhua Wang celebrate their purchase of a 334-acre estate near Tweed, Ont., at a lavish banquet on Feb. 25, 2013.

Not too long ago, Chunxiang Yan and Zhenhua Wang were fêted by politicians, diplomats and business leaders at a seven-course banquet in Belleville, Ont., where the wealthy couple, recently arrived from China, was lauded as bold entrepreneurs for a plan to create a lavish resort on a 334-acre estate.

“They have big aspirations with ideas such as a golf course, spa, cottages and a winery,” the municipal economic development officer enthused to the local press.

“I really like this country, I extremely like Canada,” Yan, who was then living north of Toronto, told the gathering through a Chinese interpreter. “It is a beautiful land and I am planning, if all of you accept, I will be a permanent resident here.”

That was in 2013.

A year later, as Yan arrived at the York Regional Police headquarters to lodge a complaint against partners in that land deal, she was received not with plaudits but with warrants for the couple’s arrest.

In China, her husband Wang is wanted for an alleged fraud — involving between $180 million and $220 million from about 60,000 investors.

ccbtimes.caJessica Chen says she and her husband, Louie Szeto, are victims of a fraud by Chunxiang Yan and Zhenhua Wang.

Although facing no criminal charge in Canada, both have been in prison for immigration concerns since. From behind bars, they have waged a fierce fight against deportation and issued a blizzard of lawsuits.

Rather than being fugitive fraudsters, they claim, they are really victims of a massive manipulation in Canada, conned at every turn by supposed friends.

And then, they claim — when Yan, 49, and Wang, 50, realized they had been duped out of millions of dollars — they were ratted out to immigration authorities for false documents they had no idea were filed on their behalf, likely robbing of them of their ability to remain in Canada.

That claim is disputed by Yan and Wang’s nemesis as vociferously as it is made: “Those are all lies; that’s their revenges,” said Jessica Chen, who, along with her husband, Louie Szeto, is the couple’s former business associate.


“There is some evidence to support both sides of the allegations, which is the essence of a good lie,” said Detective Ward Taylor, a fraud squad investigator with York police.



Wang was pitching an investment scheme at Hong Kong’s Kowloon Bay exhibition centre on March 6, 2012, when Louie Szeto met him.

OTTAWA: Jagtar Gill murdered on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home

Jagtar Gill’s relatives struggling to cope with her death. 43-year-old mother of 3 found stabbed to death at her family’s Barrhaven home

Sikh community offer tearful goodbye for Jagtar Gill 

Still searching for answers into city’s first homicide



Clutching a framed photograph of murder victim Jagtar Gill to her chest, Gurpreet Kaur Chahal was in tears as she walked into the Sikh temple on Friday.

“We’re just giving our emotional support to the family,” said Chahal. “We’re doing our best wherever we can.”

The 43-year-old mother was slain on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home on Jan. 29. Gill had been home alone when her family returned, after buying cake and flowers, to find her dead on the living room floor.

“The community is shaken at this incident. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Everybody’s scared in their own home, because we’re not safe in our home. It happened in broad daylight,” said Chahal.

An estimated 300 people gathered to remember Gill on Friday; first at a private service at a Nepean funeral home, followed by a prayer gathering at a nearby Sikh temple.

2012 CIC report reveals more than 60% of 600,000 immigrants unable to function in either of Canada’s official languages

Tighter language requirements will help immigrants and Canada
April 27, 2013. 9:59 am • Section: The Search, Immigration

It’s hard to learn a new language. An internal 2012 Immigration Canada report has revealed a rising proportion of immigrants, more than 600,000, work in Canada in a language other than English and French. And most of them, 60 per cent, say they cannot carry on a conversation in either of Canada’s official languages.

Stories regarding language barriers have become common in Canada.

The newcomer struggling to speak English who, as a result, has grave trouble trying to get a job.

Regina: EAL programs growing in public schools

New students in Canada: Immigration changing Regina classrooms
English Language programs growing in Regina Public Schools
Reported by Adriana Christianson
First Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:36pm | Last Updated: Oct 30, 2012 12:51pm
Imagine coming to a school in a new country where everyone speaks English and you don’t.

With the new wave of international immigration to Saskatchewan, the latest census shows that 12 per cent of Regina’s population now names a different language as their mother tongue. These changes are opening up a new world for students and teachers at schools across the city.