Oberlander might win case, government lawyer says

Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - Globe and Mail Print Edition, Page A12

Helmut Oberlander has a good chance of winning his fight to stay in Canada, a government lawyer said yesterday.

The federal government is trying to deport Mr. Oberlander, 78, for his activities in a Nazi death squad during the Second World War. "It's not a foregone conclusion one way or the other," said Donald MacIntosh, a lawyer for the Department of Immigration. The key to the case will probably be a law in place until 1978. It says that anyone who has lived in the country as a permanent resident for at least five years can only be deported for treason, drug offences or a few other specific crimes.