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Mexican prison transfer worries Quebec family

The lawyer representing a western Quebec man serving time in a Mexican prison said no one has been able to reach Régent Boily since he was transferred to a new jail.

The lawyer representing a western Quebec man serving time in a Mexican prison said no one has been able to reach Régent Boily since he was transferred to a new jail earlier this month.

Christian Deslauriers said he wants the Canadian government to intervene after losing contact with Boily, who is from the municipality of La Pêche.

Boily, 66, was extradited to Mexico in 2007 after being accused of killing a prison guard while escaping from prison in 1999. He had been serving a 14-year sentence for drug trafficking.

His daughter, Yanika Boily, reported in an email this week that the family has been told by someone at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico that her father has been transferred to a maximum security prison. There, he is completely cut off from the outside world.

Even the embassy does not seem able to reach him, she said.

She added that she fears for her father's health, as he has heart problems.

Deslauriers told CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada that Canada agreed to extradite Boily under diplomatic assurances that his rights would be respected, and the first condition was that he would be able to communicate with the Canadian Embassy at any reasonable time.

Boily's friend, Robert Lahaie, said up until now, he had been in contact with Boily about twice a week. However, he has not heard from Boily either since Boily's reported transfer.

Lahaie said the transfer is the result of a new Mexican law that requires federal crimes to be served in federal prisons.