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Court rejects Quebec man’s attempt to stop deportation 20 years after conviction

Michele Torre is seen at his home Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Laval, Quebec. Torre is facing deportation to his native Italy some 20 years after a Mafia-linked drug conviction that is being cited for his possible expulsion.
Michele Torre is seen at his home Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Laval, Quebec. Torre is facing deportation to his native Italy some 20 years after a Mafia-linked drug conviction that is being cited for his possible expulsion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

A Federal Court judge has rejected a Quebec man’s attempt to overturn his deportation to Italy based on a 20-year-old conviction.

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Michele Torre is expected at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport Friday and will be returned to his homeland barring a ministerial reprieve.

Torre was convicted in 1996 in a cocaine importation conspiracy linked to the Mafia and served part of a nearly nine-year sentence.

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The married father of three has been a permanent resident since arriving in Canada in 1967.

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Torre, 64, only found out about an expulsion order when attempting to secure Canadian citizenship a few years ago.

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His lawyer, Stephane Handfield, asked a Federal Court judge Friday for a stay, but says it was rejected.

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