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Alta Vista murders: How an Ottawa murder fugitive bought an expedited passport

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Abdullahi Osman was moments away from boarding a flight to Somalia when police arrested him on the gate for the Could 2021 gangland killings of Ottawa brothers Abdulaziz and Mohamad Abdullah.

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The brothers have been gunned down in a strip mall car parking zone on Alta Vista Drive in broad daylight. They have been shot whereas of their automobile. A 3rd brother was additionally shot however survived.

Osman, 30, eluded police till Feb 12 — the day he was arrested at Pearson Worldwide Airport as he was about to board a flight for Somalia, connecting by Ethiopia.

Osman is awaiting trial for the killings, and the main points in regards to the fugitive’s arrest and journey plans — proper right down to an expedited passport (a three-day turnaround) — are revealed in a associated case in opposition to Yusuf Hussein.

Hussein, 21, was initially charged with accent to homicide after the very fact however pleaded responsible on Wednesday to lesser costs of passport fraud — notably that he utilized for a passport in his title solely to provide it to the fugitive needed for homicide. He was additionally convicted of giving false statements about upcoming journey plans to expedite his passport utility. He had no journey plans and solely utilized for a passport to provide it to his affiliate.

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When police arrested Osman on the airport, all the fugitive’s paperwork have been in Yusuf Hussein’s title. These paperwork included a Canadian passport, COVID-19 proof of vaccination and e-tickets for the flight, in accordance with courtroom filings learn into the report at Hussein’s responsible plea.

Hussein bought the expedited service after exhibiting a bogus journey itinerary that had him flying to Istanbul in six days. Hussein admitted it was a ruse to expedite the passport utility.

It labored as a result of Hussein was issued his passport in simply three days.

Days after he was issued the passport, Hussein and Osman went to a journey company. Safety video filed in courtroom reveals them shopping for the ticket to Somalia in Hussein’s title. Osman is seen paying for the tickets and Hussein is seen exhibiting his passport to the journey agent. It’s the identical ticket later utilized by Osman.

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The Crown dropped the extra critical cost of accent to homicide after the very fact as a result of the police investigation didn’t show Hussein knew that Osman was leaving the nation as a fugitive.

Hussein stood in courtroom and apologized on Wednesday, saying he understands the gravity of the fees and has taken accountability.

He requested Ontario Court docket Justice Mitch Hoffman for an opportunity, expressed regret and stated he needed to enhance himself and hopefully transfer to Edmonton for work.

The decide sentenced Hussein to eight months in jail however after giving him credit score for pre-trial custody — together with isolation and COVID-19 restrictions — he’ll serve one other 30 days earlier than launch and can be on probation for a 12 months.

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