Monday, July 7, 2008

Canadian businessman who'd been jailed in Bulgaria returns to B.C.

VANCOUVER — A Canadian businessman who spent 13 years in a Bulgarian jail for embezzlement tearfully embraced his son upon arriving in Vancouver Sunday.

Michael Kapoustin, from the Penticton, B.C., area, ran to greet his 15-year-old son Nicholas, who he hadn't seen since he was a child.

Kapoustin was released from prison July 3 and was waiting last week for Canadian officials to issue him a new passport.

"I haven't seen my son since he was awfully small and to see him grow into such a wonderful man is really a great thing," he said moments after sprinting through the airport lobby to hug his son.

Kapoustin went to Bulgaria with an entrepreneurial spirit after the fall of communism, but soon after he was charged with money laundering and embezzlement.

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