Why was this killer released???
The public deserves answers, no?
The secret release of a double-murderer onto city streets went ahead despite the feds' contention the convicted killer should remain in custody, a government spokesman said yesterday.
Several sources confirmed Elvric Pobric, who escaped a Bosnian prison more than 10 years ago and hid as a fugitive in Canada, was released last week, days after his detention review hearing was closed to the public and media.
The fact Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Lee Ann King made the decision to release Pobric pending another hearing, without offering any reasons, has left many with questions.
"First, while the IRB operates independently of the government, we are concerned this detention hearing was decided in private as well as the secrecy surrounding the hearings and the decision," Alykhan Velshi, spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said yesterday.
"I would note the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act permits such reviews to be held in public when it is appropriate to do so.
"I note as well the government had strongly argued Pobric's detention should be maintained."
Police Chief Rick Hanson would not elaborate on the case but said reports of the convicted killer's release are concerning.
"Based on what I am hearing in the media, the federal minister is asking all of the right questions and I certainly share the minister's concerns," Hanson said.
Pobric is said to have entered Canada as a refugee about 10 years ago.
Sheriffs found the fugitive last month and he was arrested in Calgary.
Pobric was imprisoned for the execution-style slayings of two associates who trafficked in black-market currency in a Bosnian village, but escaped in a 1996 prison break.
"Any person responsible for a gang-style double execution-murder, who was convicted, who then escaped prison and then gained illegal entry into Canada, ought to be considered a threat to public safety," Calgary Police Association president John Dooks said yesterday.