The strongly worded decision of Federal Court Judge, Luc Martineau, granted a 45 days’ time limit to Vic Toews for allowing the transfer request to go through and make sure that “all reasonable steps have been taken for (the inmate’s) prompt transfer” back to Canada. A spokesperson for Toews, Julie Carmichael, was inquired via email on Friday, when she replied that it would be “inappropriate to comment further” on the matter.
The prisoner, Yves LeBon, is currently locked up in a low-security institution in Pennsylvania since his arrest in August 2007 by an Illinois state trooper for drug traffic violation, when they discovered 119 kilograms of cocaine in his vehicle. LeBon pleaded guilty of possessing the drug with intent to distribute and was consequently imprisoned for 10 years in July 2008. Soon after, he applied for a transfer back to Canada under the International Transfer of Offenders Act.