Sunday 17 December 2017

Quaid out of jail but now faces immigration case

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been released from a detention facility in Canada after she was declared a Canadian citizen, border officials said.

The Quaids were arrested in a shopping area of a posh Vancouver, British Columbia, neighbourhood last Thursday and were jailed on outstanding US warrants related to vandalism charges. The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, California, where they missed a court hearing on Monday on felony vandalism charges.

The Canada Border Services Agency confirmed in a statement that Evi Quaid is a citizen of Canada.

The pair had appeared at an immigration hearing in which they requested refugee status based on their belief that they were being persecuted by "Hollywood star whackers"' as they put it, and that their lives were in danger.

During the hearing, Evi Quaid repeatedly said her father was a Canadian FBI agent, a claim she explained later by saying that her father was a Canadian who moved to the United States and began working for the FBI.

Catherine Sas, the Quaids' new lawyer, said Evi Quaid can live and work in Canada and border officials have withdrawn their proceedings.

As for Randy Quaid, the border services agency would only say that he is no longer in detention and his case will be proceeding through immigration channels.

The couple had been scheduled to appear at a refugee board hearing in Vancouver today. They were told last week they could be released from detention if they posted a $10,000 (€7,040) bond each, but the pair remained in custody.

Last week, Evi Quaid (47) begged a Canadian immigration adjudicator to allow the couple to stay in Canada, saying she feared for her 60-year-old husband's life after some of their friends, like actors David Carradine and Heath Ledger, had been "murdered" in mysterious circumstances.

Ledger died in January 2008 from an accidental overdose. Carradine was found dead, hanging from a rope, in a suite at a luxury Bangkok hotel.

Neither actor's death was ruled suspicious.


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