Immigration board eases conditions for man with weapons and drug convictions

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The Canadian Press

MONTREAL: The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is relaxing the release conditions of a man who has no citizenship from any country and who has previously been convicted of drug and weapons offences.

Board member Francois Milo said in Montreal today that Deepan Budlakoti must report to the Canada Border Services Agency every six months instead of every three.

Milo says the condition that Budlakoti must keep the peace is too vague and has changed it so the Ottawa native must instead report to border officials within 48 hours of any arrest, accusation or conviction.

Budlakoti, 25, was born to Indian nationals with diplomatic passports and was not given automatic citizenship.

The federal government in 2011 declared Budlakoti inadmissible to remain in Canada because of past convictions of drug and weapons trafficking.

He had asked the immigration board to relax the conditions of his release from detention because he says they are psychologically harmful and violate his constitutional rights.

 

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