On Tuesday January 22, 2013 St. Thomas officers attended the Canada / USA border
in Windsor and met with United States Marshalls to continue the arrest of Benham
SLIM (11 May 1961). SLIM was wanted by St. Thomas City Police for the 1993 abduction
of his 3 daughters, then aged 7 years old, 6 years old, and 2 years old. Investigation
in 1993 led police to believe that SLIM and the children were in Beirut, Lebanon,
in contravention of a court order and with no plans on returning to Canada.
In 1997 SLIM did return to Canada without the children and was arrested by St. Thomas
City Police at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for the 3 counts of abduction.
SLIM was able to secure his release on bail in 1997 with the understanding he would
return the children and continue to face the charges before the courts in 1998.
SLIM failed to return the children and failed to attend court. An additional warrant
was issued at that time.
In early 2003, with the assistance of the US embassy in Lebanon, the three girls
were re-united with their mother who had since moved to Texas, USA.
On 25 October 2012, SLIM was arrested in Detroit Michigan on the St. Thomas warrants
where he has remained in custody while the St. Thomas City Police and the Crown
Attorney's office began the extradition process. Just this month, SLIM waived extradition
to Canada and is now in St. Thomas to face the parental abduction charges from 1993
and the Fail to Attend Court in 1998.