Sunday, November 29, 2015

Coke Dealer convicted of murder, again

Fadi Saleh
A middleman coke dealer was convicted — again — of first-degree murder and given a life sentence. Fadi Saleh was the link between an Ottawa cocaine slinger and a Toronto supplier.

In February 2010, jurors found Fadi Saleh guilty of the first-degree murder of Hussein El-Hajj Hassan, who had vanished in 2004. Nine months later police found his decomposing remains in a shallow grave. Prosecutors argued Saleh ordered the killing after Hassan tried to cut him out of his cocaine supply chain. Saleh stood to lose $50,000 to $70,000 a month in commissions if Hassan were to start dealing directly with Saleh's Toronto supplier. And so he had to die.

Hussein El-Hajj Hassan

HA Chapter boss Paul 'Sasquatch' Porter
Prosecutors alleged Saleh set up a fake meeting with Hell's Angel Paul "Sasquatch" Porter to lure Hassan to his doom. Porter had no idea his name was being used in vain.

Porter didn't show. But Saleh and a man named Shant Esrabian -- who was convicted in 2009 of killing Hassan -- did. Hassan was shot twice. His head was also bashed in and his hand severed. Saleh was convicted of murder in 2010 but the conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in December 2013.