Randy Quaid and wife Evi released
Published 28/10/2010 | 04:54
Randy Quaid and the actor's wife Evi were released from a detention centre after she was declared a Canadian citizen, border officials have said.
The Quaids were arrested last Thursday in a shopping area in a posh Vancouver neighbourhood and were jailed on outstanding US warrants related to vandalism charges.
The couple are wanted in Santa Barbara, California, where they missed a court hearing on vandalism charges on Monday.
The Canada Border Services Agency said Evi was a citizen of Canada.
The pair had appeared at an immigration hearing in which they requested refugee status based on their belief that they were being persecuted by "Hollywood star whackers", and that their lives were in danger.
During the hearing, Evi repeatedly said her father was a Canadian FBI agent, a claim she explained later by saying he was a Canadian who moved to the US and began working for the FBI.
Catherine Sas, the Quaids' new lawyer, said Evi could live and work in Canada and border officials had withdrawn their proceedings.
As for Randy, the border services agency would only say that he was no longer in detention and his case would be proceeding through immigration channels.
The couple had been due to appear at a refugee board hearing in Vancouver on Thursday. They were told last week they could be released from detention if they posted a £6,300 bond each, but the pair remained in custody.
Refugee claimants can be detained if officials suspect they will not appear for their hearings.