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Two accused return to province thanks to B.C.'s 'con air' program

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Police in British Columbia have awarded two Manitobans surprise airline trips -- one-way trips home to face justice, that is.

Officials in B.C.'s "con air" program announced Thursday two men sought by Manitoba police agencies for various outstanding warrants were escorted back to the province this week to answer to their charges.

Surrey RCMP arrested Jason James Sinclair and Jorg Rautenburg in separate incidents in the last week and held until their flight Tuesday.

Rautenburg was wanted on two Brandon Police Service warrants issued last August and September.

He's accused of impaired driving, breaching court orders and other infractions, RCMP in B.C.'s provincial fugitive return program said.

Sinclair was wanted by Winnipeg police on allegations of assault causing bodily harm, theft and failing to turn up in court as required dating back to 2010 and 2011, RCMP said.

The men become the second and third suspects to be escorted back to Manitoba from B.C. under the fugitive program in just over a week.

Christopher Watt was flown back to Manitoba last week and remains in custody in Winnipeg pending trial on several charges, including criminal negligence causing the death of Marko Kordic July 8, 2012. Kordic was killed when a truck collided with a moving train on Edgewood Road near Highway 15.

Watt had been sought by Oakbank RCMP since early 2013. Langley RCMP identified him March 4, arrested him about 10 days later and escorted back to Manitoba late last week.

Seven Manitoba fugitives have been found in B.C. and returned home under the program since it began in September 2011.

"It is hoped that by facilitating the return of these individuals to deal with their outstanding matters, some measure of resolution will be brought to their victims," RCMP said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 28, 2014 A12

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