Calgary Sun

Friday, August 10, 2001

Long arm of law could pursue mom

Deportation wouldn't hinder new charges

By PETER SMITH, CALGARY SUN

If Rie Fujii, who is charged in connection with the death of her baby son, ever returns to Japan, she will not be beyond the long arm of Canadian law, say police.

Lawyers for Fujii say she will plead guilty next week to improperly disposing of the corpse of her 15-month-old baby, Domenic Brown.

Homicide detectives also believe Fujii's three-month-old baby girl, Gemini, has been dumped in the Bow River, but the body's never been found.

Police have no plans at present to lay any more charges against the 23-year-old Fujii.

When the criminal charges are dealt with, Fujii then faces immigration problems which may lead to her being deported.

IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS

But homicide detectives are now looking to the future.

If new evidence surfaced that would lead to more charges being laid against Fujii after she's back in Japan, she could be brought back to Canada.

"There is no official extradition order between Canada and Japan, but through the Justice Department I understand we should be able to extradite her," Staff Sgt. George Rocks of the homicide unit said.

The charge against Fujii came after Domenic's body was found in a deserted apartment on June 5, after neighbours had heard a baby's cries for days on end.

BABY STILL MISSING

After interviewing Fujii, homicide detectives launched a major search on the Bow River for the body of baby Gemini, but they searched in vain.

Fujii has spent more than two months in custody undergoing psychiatric assessments which have concluded she's fit to stand trial.

Fujii's parents, who have twice travelled from Japan to Calgary to support their daughter, are expected to attend her hearing next week.

Fujii never told her parents she had had children, and the first they knew of Domenic and Gemini was when they learned their grandchildren were dead.

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