Bal­inchenkos back in Court

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sherbrooke Courthouse

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.

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