Source: Iran Times
Convicted Iranian-Canadian gangster Omid Tahvili, who escaped from the jail last year, has contacted the Mounties and offered to surrender if police promise he won't be extradited to the United States.
Tahvili, 37, recently called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and said he was in Toronto. Caller ID also showed he was calling from a Toronto number, but police remain skeptical about Tahvili being in Canada. Police believe he fled to his native Iran, which does not have an extradition treaty with Canada.
Crown prosecutor Wendy Dawson told a court Friday about Tahvili's phone call to the Coquitlam RMCP barracks and his offer to negotiate his return. But she and the RCMP declined to provide details of the call.
Tahvili escaped from British Columbia's maximum-security facility November 15, 2007, with the help of Edwin Ticne, 35, who was a prison guard at the time. Tahvili was facing sentencing after being found guilty of kidnaping, sexual assault, possession of an imitation firearm, assault causing bodily harm, uttering a threat and proceeds-of-crime charges. The court found Tahvili was the "directing mind" of a criminal organization based in Canada. But after his escape, he could face additional charges.
He is also facing extradition to the United States on charges of running what is believe to be a $3-million telemarketing scam that victimized seniors.
Ticne, the former jail guard who helped Tahvili escape, was arrested the following day; he pleaded guilty last year to accepting a bribe in exchange for helping Tahvili escape. A jail surveillance video showed Tahvili, wearing a janitor's uniform, being led by Ticne through a series of locked doors at night and exiting through the front door.
The Iranian gangster allegedly promised Ticne to meet him at a gas station and pay him $50,000. Ticne went to the gas station but no one showed up. Ticne was sentenced last Friday to 39 months in prison.
Tahvili's escape was the first from the North Fraser
Pretrial Center, which houses prisoners awaiting trial or in custody on
immigration warrants. But last week, there was another escape when Dean Douglas
Sykes, 39, swapped identification with a prisoner serving time on weekends, and
was mistakenly released. He was caught August 8.
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