Lawyer for alleged Calgary gangster to push for his release from custody

CALGARY — The lawyer for an alleged Calgary gangster is hoping to get a hearing in the next few days to try and free Jackie Tran from custody.

CALGARY — The lawyer for an alleged Calgary gangster is hoping to get a hearing in the next few days to try and free Jackie Tran from custody.

Federal Court Justice Yves de Montigny granted Tran a last-minute reprieve from deportation late Saturday.

Tran’s lawyer, Raj Sharma, said he was happily surprised by the decision. It’s the latest development in his client’s five-year bid to stay in Canada.

“Obviously, Mr. Tran is ecstatic,” Sharma said after talking to his client.

Prior to the stay being granted, Tran, whose real name is Nghia Trong Nguyen-Tran, faced imminent deportation to Vietnam. But Sharma wants to take the case to the Federal Court to argue that errors were made in an earlier ruling on a 2004 deportation order.

Tran was first ordered deported to his birth country on April 20, 2004, after being convicted of trafficking cocaine

A police witness told an Immigration and Refugee Board Tribunal earlier this year that Tran is a member of an organized crime group.

He is being held at the Calgary Remand Centre but Sharma is hoping for a hearing as early as Wednesday where he’ll argue for his client’s release.

(Calgary Sun)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A message from the Advocate publisher

In good times and bad, The Red Deer Advocate has been here… Continue reading

Big Oil’s interest in renewable energy investments expected to waver: report

Suncor announced it would cut its 2020 capital budget by 26 per cent in response to lower oil prices

Watch Prime Minister: Trudeau announces funding for kids, grandparents Sunday

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to self-isolate at… Continue reading

Fauci says coronavirus deaths in US could top 100,000

“We’re going to have millions of cases”

WATCH: COVID-19 doesn’t stop Red Deer Public Library from telling stories

Deb Isbister has been reading stories to children for more than 20… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

Thousands have already lost their jobs, while others like grocers look for ways to keep doors open

Athletes, musicians help raise 500,000 euros to fight virus

“It’s a very difficult situation, and for the league to be able to do something like this, it makes players, clubs and fans very proud”

Tokyo Olympics: Signs suggest summer dates for 2021 Olympics

Organizing committee suggested there would be no major change from 2020.

Doug Ford’s handling of the pandemic draws praise from friends and foes

TORONTO — No aspect of Canadian life has been left untouched by… Continue reading

Cineplex Inc., MEC enact mass layoffs amid COVID-19 store, theatre closures

Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Cineplex Inc. have laid off thousands of employees… Continue reading

I am still facing that existential angst

Stir crazy. I looked the phrase up, just for fun. “Restless or… Continue reading

Most Read