Panel grants Arrow's request to seek refugee status in Canada
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jailed environmental activist Tre Arrow, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, will be allowed to apply for refugee status in Canada.
After the recent ruling by a Canadian immigration and refugee board, Arrow's lawyer is applying to have his client released on bond.
But attorney Rudolph Kischer said Arrow would probably immediately be re-arrested on an extradition warrant, which takes precedence over the refugee claim.
Arrow was arrested in Victoria, British Columbia in March on charges of trying to steal bolt-cutters from a home-improvement store.
In Oregon, Arrow is wanted for his alleged role in the 2001 firebombing of logging and cement trucks. The FBI claims he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the past few years.
Arrow faces federal charges in Oregon of using fire to commit a felony, destroying vehicles used in interstate commerce and using incendiary devices in a crime of violence. The charges carry combined penalties of up to 80 years in prison.
Arrow, 30, contends that he wouldn't get a fair trial in the United States because of the FBI's assertion that the crimes he is accused of are acts of terrorism.