Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Immigration Board Hears Kingpin Ordered 3 Murders before Becoming a Canadian

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Immigration Board Hears Kingpin Ordered 3 Murders before Becoming a Canadian

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Immigration board hears kingpin ordered 3 murders

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VANCOUVER - Chinese police had alleged that a man fighting to keep his Canadian residency status ordered the murders of three of his Asian gang rivals before coming to Vancouver, a former visa officer told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.

Jean-Paul Delisle told Lai Tong Sang's hearing Wednesday that several red flag warnings of the man's organized crime lifestyle came up when he reviewed a file back in the mid-1990s -- but the man was still allowed into the country not longer after.

Lai dropped his immigration request in Hong Kong, but made another application in Los Angeles two years later and he and his family were accepted. Seventeen years later, the Canada Border Services Agency is asking the board to find them inadmissible.

Delisle testified he would have clearly informed other immigration officials they were dealing with a "major triad head" from China if he had been notified the man made another request to enter Canada.

"Reliable police sources believed that Mr. Lai had personally ordered the murder of his rival triad head in Macau," said Delisle, explaining what information he would have relayed to Canadian visa officers who eventually processed the application.

"And while this murder attempt was failed, Mr. Lai was also believed ... to have personally ordered the murders of two other triad members that were successful."

Delisle was a visa officer for 25 years and based in Hong Kong when he was initially tasked with reviewing the man's visa application.

He learned from a special unit of the Macau police that Lai was known to be the leader of a major Chinese crime syndicate, the Shui Fung, or Water Room gang.

The triad was believed to be engaged in activity such as gambling, prostitution, assault and intimidation.

"He would be passing instructions on to his lieutenants, who would be directing the foot soldiers," he told the hearing via teleconference. "He would be the one directing all this activity. …

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