Balinchenkos back in Court
The two Russian natives who actually live in Ontario showed up surprisingly at the Raynald-Fréchette Court House last week. Sergey and Inna Balinchenko, who respectively live in Stayner and Elmvale, Ontario, had been requested to appear in court. They had previously been intercepted at the Canadian border in Stanstead, last September 30th, for helping another Russian woman, Natalia Vladimirovna Cherkashina, in contravening a provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They were supposed to know that what they did was against the law. The second charge against the Balinchenkos was that they, knowingly, misrepresented material facts that could have induced an error in the Immigration and Refugee’s administration.
The 47 year-old Inna and the 44 year-old Sergey’s presence before the judge was rather short: three minutes at the most. Judge Hélène Fabi simply told them, with the consent of the federal Crown Attorney, Myriam Lachance, that their case was postponed until next March 15th. The two accused will not have to be present on that particular day; they can have a lawyer represent them. In the meanwhile, nothing has been said concerning the lady the couple had tried to help across the border, back in September. Natalia Vladimirovna Cherkashina is in the Immigration Commissioner’s hands until she will or will not be granted refugee status.