Deported Canadian national Rufa back before courts almost a decade later

by: Jaimie Smith, News Reporter

Canadian national Bruno Rufa is expected back in the Freeport Magistrate court February 18, 2015 after he was released on $2,500 bail following his Tuesday, February 3 court appearance on the charge of engaging in gainful occupation without proper documentation.

Rufa was arrested by immigration officials on January 30 at the Coral Beach Condominiums, where he was allegedly discovered working at a bar.

Rufa made headlines nearly 10 years ago when he was reportedly deported from The Bahamas after he was caught engaging in activities outside the scope of his status back in 2007.

The Director of Immigration at the time, James Rolle commented, "We observed him doing some things we were not prepared to accept in his status as a visitor." 

Between 2007 and 2008 The Freeport News reported that Rufa was escorted out of the country for breaching the Immigration Act.

During the time in which Rufa first made headlines in this daily, many employees and owners of the Coral Beach Hotel Condominiums expressed their concerns with regard to Rufa's behavior towards them.

In an article published on September 25, 2007 a former employee alleged that Rufa was the self-proclaimed "Mayor of Freeport."

In one of the reports Rolle disclosed that Rufa was to remain out of the country and was only permitted to return if he could satisfy the Department of Immigration's legitimacy to be here.

Prior to leaving the country in 2008, Rufa served as Director of Coral Beach Hotel Condominiums in which he owned a unit.

The Freeport News received numerous phone calls from person whom wished to remain anonymous demanding answers as to how and why Rufa was granted permission to reenter the country following such a controversial departure almost a decade ago.

The Freeport News spoke to Hubert E. Ferguson, Assistant Director of Immigration on Wednesday with regard to Rufa's return to the country.

Ferguson shared that he was not at liberty to disclose any information on the matter as it an active matter before the courts. However, the immigration official did disclose that Rufa entered the country as a visitor on a 90-day stay on November 4, 2014.


Published  Thursday, February 5, 2015


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