Paralyzed refugee’s supporters seeking one-year extension

Paralyzed Indian refugee claimant Laibar Singh was given his fourth deportation stay in nearly eight months yesterday, allowing him to stay in the country until Monday.

His supporters had until yesterday to turn him over to the Canada Border Services Agency or lose the $50,000 bond they put up to free him after he was arrested in an Abbotsford hospital in August.


Harjap Grewal, with immigration rights group No One Is Illegal, said Singh’s supporters are asking for a one-year extension to his deportation order.

He said he hopes if the extension is granted, it might end up being permanent.

Singh, 48, a quadriplegic, is living at the Guru Nanak Temple and is being cared for by members of the Sikh community.

He came to Canada in 2003 on a forged passport and sought refugee status, but his claim was denied.

Singh suffered a stroke three years later, leaving him unable to care for himself, and claims he wouldn’t get proper medical attention if sent back to India. But Harpal Singh Nagra, of the South Asian Human Rights Group, which posted the $50,000 bond, said last week that Singh’s best option might now be to return home.

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