Calgary Immigration Lawyer Raj Sharma, K.C., a former immigration hearings officer and now partner at Stewart Sharma Harsanyi, one of Western Canada's premier immigration law firms, reviews Canadian immigration developments.
Sharma Harsanyi In the News (Calgary Sun, July 4, 2010): 'Quashed Torture Conviction Derails Deportation" Nadia Moharib Having his criminal conviction for torturing a snitch quashed has renewed an Iraqi man’s fight against a deportation order. A new trial has been ordered for the man whose deportation order was based on that overturned guilty verdict as well as a long history of crime. ... Ibrahim boasted a lengthy criminal record at the time, including a 2002 conviction for carrying a concealed weapon, kidnapping and assault with a weapon and was serving a conditional sentence for a weapons conviction. In 2004, he was handed a deportation order based on serious criminality, A three-year stay of deportation was granted in 2006 with the possibility it could become permanent if Ibrahim showed good behaviour, says one of his lawyers. As a result of the 2008 convictions, the stay was cancelled and deportation order was again enforceable. The prospect of a new trial, conceivably, means the possibility of being acquitted of torture-related allegations. And, says Ibrahim’s immigration lawyer, Raj Sharma, given the conviction no longer exists the stay should be reinstated making the ultimate fight against deportation even more viable. “The conviction doesn’t exist...
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Just reading R Cuthbertson's article in the Herald "Home to Haiti? Refugee's plight highlights system's challenges". The article is about "Marie", represented by this office, who was refused refugee protection by RPD Board Member Preeti Adhopia about a week before the devastating earthquake in Haiti: "If what has happened to my client [gang rape while her 5 year old daughter hid; murders of a brother and a sister] isn't atrocious and appalling, I don't know what is," Harsanyi says. "Haiti is the rape capital of the western hemisphere. To return my client to that is fundamentally wrong."
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