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August 22, 2010 14:00 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Commends the Canada Border Services Agency for Deportation of Wanted Fugitive

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 22, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, today confirmed the removal of Mr. Mikhail Drachev by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Mr. Drachev is wanted in the United States for murder.

"I welcome the news that the CBSA successfully removed this fugitive wanted for serious criminality from our country. Protecting the safety and security of our citizens is the most serious responsibility of the Government of Canada," said Minister Toews. "This case highlights another example of the CBSA's ongoing commitment to removing individuals who attempt to evade justice by making their way to Canada. I would like to commend the professionalism and dedication of the CBSA officers who carried out this removal."

Mr. Drachev, who formerly lived in the Greater Toronto Area, was removed under escort and turned over to U.S. officials on August 15, 2010. Mr. Drachev is wanted in the United States for a 2001 kidnapping and murder. In 2004, the television program America's Most Wanted aired a segment on Mr. Drachev and the CBSA initiated an investigation.

In April 2007, a warrant for arrest was issued by the CBSA and was executed jointly by the Toronto Police Fugitive Squad and the CBSA. Mr. Drachev was arrested on grounds of misrepresentation and serious criminality and detained continuously under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act until his removal.

The removal of inadmissible individuals from Canada contributes to the safety and security of Canadian communities, while maintaining the integrity of our immigration program and ensuring fairness to those who come to this country lawfully.

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