‘Stateless’ man asks for changes to release conditions

The Canadian Press, 13 July 2015

MONTREAL – An immigration officer will decide later this week whether to change the release conditions for a man who is without citizenship from any country.

Deepan Budlakoti asked a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board Monday to relax the conditions of his release because he said they are psychologically harmful and violate his constitutional rights.

The federal government in 2011 declared Budlakoti inadmissible to remain in Canada because of past convictions of drug and weapons trafficking.

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Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in 1989 to Indian parents who worked for the Indian government, and he was not granted automatic citizenship.

He considers himself stateless.

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