Lawyer for alleged Calgary gangster to push for his release

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.

Just Posted

Chemical analysis may provide clues to cause of huge Red Deer industrial fire

Fire on April 17 caused $9 million in damage to oil and gas industrial building

New loonie reason to celebrate and educate: central Alberta LGBTQ community

The new LGBTQ2 loonie is a conversation starter and a reason to… Continue reading

C & E Trail property owner wants to use land as RV storage yard

Red Deer city council gives initial approval

Indigenous cultural centre needed in Red Deer

Urban Aboriginal Voices Society hosts annual community gathering

Red Deer youth recognized for his compassion

Blackfalds man dies after vehicle collision

MISSING: Joshua Arthur Sanford

37-year-old Ponoka man last seen on Tuesday morning

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these ‘Star Wars’ mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO —The stuff of “Star Wars” —and there is unfortunately no better… Continue reading

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

TORONTO — Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic… Continue reading

Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic

DENVER — In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse… Continue reading

Delay of game calls, goalie interference top worst rules for NHLers: survey

The pace and excitement of 3-on-3 overtime isn’t just a thrill for… Continue reading

Avengers get epic send-off at ‘Endgame’ world premiere

LOS ANGELES — There were more than a few sniffles from the… Continue reading

Writers’ Trust launches program pairing rising writers with established mentors

TORONTO — The Writers’ Trust has launched a program that gives five… Continue reading

Family: A potpourri of Easter egg hunts, music and politics

The election is a thing of the past. Albertans have spoken. They… Continue reading

Most Read