How an Ottawa Murder Refugee Got an Accelerated Passport

Abdullahi Osman was moments from boarding a airplane to Somalia when police arrested him on the gate for the gang killings of Ottawa brothers Abdulaziz and Mohamad Abdullah in May 2021.

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

Osman, 30, averted police till February 12 – the day he was arrested at Pearson International Airport as he was boarding a flight to Somalia connecting via Ethiopia.

Osman is awaiting trial for the killings, and the small print of the refugee’s arrest and journey plans – all the way in which all the way down to an expedited passport (a three-day trial) – are revealed in a associated case towards Yusuf Hussein.

Hussein, 21, was initially charged with aiding and abetting homicide after the very fact, however on Wednesday pleaded responsible to minor costs of passport fraud – particularly that he utilized for a passport in his title solely to present it to the refugee needed for homicide. He was additionally convicted of creating false statements about upcoming journey plans to expedite his passport utility. He had no journey plans and solely utilized for a passport to present it to his colleague.

When police arrested Osman on the airport, the entire refugee’s paperwork had been in Yusuf Hussein’s title. These paperwork included a Canadian passport, COVID-19 proof of vaccination and e-tickets for the flight, based on court docket paperwork learn into the protocol by Hussein’s plea of ​​responsible.

Hussein received the fast service after displaying a faux itinerary that made him fly to Istanbul in six days. Hussein admitted that it was a trick to pace up the passport utility.

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

Days after he was issued the passport, Hussein and Osman went to a journey company. Security video filed in court docket reveals they’re shopping for the ticket to Somalia in Hussein’s title. Osman is seen paying for the tickets, and Hussein is seen displaying his passport to the journey company. It’s the identical ticket that was later utilized by Osman.

The Crown dropped the extra critical cost of complicity in homicide as a result of the police investigation didn’t show that Hussein knew Osman was leaving the nation as a refugee.

Hussein stood in court docket and apologized on Wednesday, saying he understands the seriousness of the costs and has taken duty.

He requested Ontario court docket decide Mitch Hoffman for a probability, expressed regret and stated he needed to enhance himself and hopefully transfer to Edmonton to work.

The decide sentenced Hussein to eight months in jail, however after giving him credit score for remand in custody – together with solitary confinement and COVID-19 restrictions – he’ll serve one other 30 days earlier than launch and might be on probation for one yr.

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