Calgary Sun

September 1, 2001

Accused in kids' killings may seek bail

By KEVIN MARTIN -- Calgary Sun

Rie Fujii will face a preliminary inquiry in November into the slayings of her two young children.

But her defence counsel hopes that before then, he can win his client her freedom.

Lawyer Bob Batting said he plans to apply for his client's release on bail pending her upcoming preliminary hearing. "I hope to in the next couple of weeks," Batting told reporters outside court, moments after Fujii appeared briefly before Judge Cheryl Daniel.

He said if Fujii is released pending her criminal trial, she'll still have to convince immigration to allow her to return to the community.

"I expect that once the bail hearing is taken, depending on the outcome, then immigration will still have to be dealt with," Batting told reporters.

Fujii, 23, faces two charges of second-degree murder in the death of her son Domenic Brown, 15 months, and the disappearance of his three-month-old sister, Gemini.

The Japanese national was living in Calgary illegally at the time of her arrest in June on a charge of failing to properly dispose of Domenic's body.

The toddler's corpse was found June 6 in apartment 203 of 126 14 Ave. S.E., which was deserted.

Despite a wide-scale search, Gemini's body has never been found.

Fujii was formally charged with two counts of second-degree murder two weeks ago when the less serious charge was dropped.

Her five day preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin Nov. 5.

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