Monday, June 6, 2016

Court dismisses Villanueva lawsuit against City of Montreal

A judge has ended a seven-year civil suit involving the families of Fredy Villanueva and the other two men injured when the then-18-year-old was shot and killed by a Montreal police officer in 2009. Quebec Superior Court Judge William Fraiberg has ruled that the families’ respective lawyers have failed to meet deadlines on too many occasions, causing frequent and unjustified delays over the last seven years.

Fredy Villanueva was shot dead by a police officer in a Montreal North parking lot in 2008 when a police intervention to break up a game of dice degenerated. Two others, Denis Meas and Jeffrey Sagor-Metellus, were also shot but survived. The lawyer representing Dany Villanueva would later argue the deadline was missed in part because of Villanueva’s troubles with Canadian immigration services, which were close to deporting him back to Honduras at the time. The judgment describes other subsequent delays throughout the process as “exorbitant and unjustifiable,” and says that one of the lawyers involved “seemed to have simply dropped the case.”

Liliane Villanueva, mother of Fredy Villanueva, with Dany Villanueva
A total of 11 people were arrested in a drug raid on April 1, 2016, 10 of them at the Montreal North residence where the raid had taken place. The 11th, arrested without incident in Repentigny, is Dany Villanueva. 6 guns were recovered.

Dany Villanueva was spared deportation in January when Citizenship and Immigration Canada ruled that his return to his native Honduras could put his life in danger. John McCallum is Canada's Immigration Minister.

Dany Villanueva

Dany Villanueva
Dany Villanueva’s younger brother Fredy was killed after an altercation in a Montreal North park in 2008. Police were trying to question and arrest Dany when the situation deteriorated and one of the officers fired a series of shots, killing Fredy and injuring two young men.

That shooting outraged the Montreal North community and became a symbol of the tense relationships between Montreal police and visible minorities. Dany Villanueva had been ordered deported in 2010 for a 2006 armed robbery conviction.

Villanueva, who faces multiple drug trafficking charges, will return to court in late June.

Dany Villanueva in 2008