Thursday, September 29, 2011


See Toronto Sun story below. This is one of the persons caught after CBSA released photos of its "most wanted". The question is whether the court would stay the charges to allow a deportation, or if the court would proceed with the charges, in which case the deportation will have to wait until after the trial is completed Since he already has 72 convictions ( incredible as it may seem), there would be little point in proceeding with further charges.

CBSA wants man deported before new criminal charges heard Toronto & GTA News Toronto Sun
CBSA wants man deported before new criminal charges heard

First posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 08:31 PM EDT

CBSA officials are trying to have outstanding charges against Wasford Uriah Steer so he can be speedily deported. Change text size for the storyPrint this story Report an error

TORONTO - An accused pimp with 76 convictions who was among Canada’s most wanted criminals has been placed on an immigration hold as officials try to speedily deport him for a second time.

Wasford Uriah Steer, 39, of Jamaica, will appear for a bail hearing at a Finch Ave. W. court on Friday.

Steer was arrested last month for allegedly trying to pimp a 16-year-old girl and charged with procuring for the purpose of prostitution, exercising control and living off the avails of prostitution.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials are trying to stay his criminal charges in favour of a speedy deportation to Jamaica. If a judge agrees to stay the charges, Steer can be deported sometime next month, the officials said.

The girl was allegedly being put to work as a prostitute when she called a family member who contacted police, Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said Wednesday.

The pair were found in a west-end motel.

“We believe there are other victims out there,” Vella said. “They are being asked to call our sex crimes unit.”

The suspect travelled from Toronto to London, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Montreal and other cities in an alleged bid to recruit girls for prostitution, police alleged.

Steer was deported in 1999 for criminality and then snuck back in a year later allegedly using fake identification. He filed a failed refugee claim as well as appeals to try and stay in Canada.

He was the subject of a nationwide manhunt that ended after he and 31 others had their identities posted online by the CBSA who have been seeking the public’s help in capturing the fugitives. Five suspects, including Steer, were arrested.

Also appearing for an immigration hearing next month is alleged war criminal Arshad Muhammad, also known as Certosa Aranci, 43, who could be deported to his native Pakistan.

Muhammad was arrested last July in Mississauga after a member of Peel Regional Police spotted him in a hardware store. He was among the first suspects arrested following the release of a list of Most Wanted War Criminals after prodding by the Toronto Sun.

He returns to an Immigration and Refugee Board on Oct. 24.

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