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Fugitive with gang links arrested at Vancouver airport, lashes out
Siavash Askari kicks photographer’s camera upon arrest
By Kim Bolan, Vancouver SunOctober 27, 2010
Siavash Askari is arrested at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B. C., October 26, 2010.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG
VANCOUVER – The Gang Task Force arrested one of two brothers with gang links at Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday after he and his sibling returned from more than two years out of the country.
Siavash Askari, 27, was clearly upset when police were there to meet him as his plane, which had come via Calgary, touched down.
He was picked up on outstanding warrants dating back to 2008.
With his hands cuffed behind his back and escorted by five police officers, Askari lowered his head to prevent a Sun photographer from getting a clear picture of his face. When the photographer continued to shoot, Askari kicked the camera out of his hand.
It sailed through the air and landed a metre away, the lens cover breaking into pieces. The lens was also damaged.
Police then restrained Askari face down on the floor inside the airport and told him he would be charged with mischief for kicking the camera.
His younger brother Sahand, who was wounded in a 2007 shootout in Richmond, arrived on the Air Canada flight with Siavash, but was not taken into custody.
The two are believed to have been living in their native Iran for more than two years.
Sgt. Shinder Kirk, who speaks for the Gang Task Force, said police had received intelligence about the return of the brothers.
“They are extremely well-known within the gang environment of Metro Vancouver,” Kirk said.
Readers commented on The Sun’s Real Scoop blog last week that the Askari brothers were en route back to Metro Vancouver, where they grew up.
Some speculated on the timing of their return, as disputes between mid-level gangsters have led to a series of recent shootings.
Warrants for Siavash Askari’s arrest were issued in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam after he missed court appearances in June and October 2008.
He has a series of convictions dating back to 2002 for a range of offences from assault causing bodily harm and resisting arrest to driving while prohibited and violating court-ordered conditions.
The most serious charge he faced, attempted murder in connection with a Richmond nightclub shooting in September 2006, was later thrown out.
Sahand, 26, was identified by police as a “suspect first” rather than a victim after he and two other gang-linked men — Nikki Tajali and Vahid Mahanian — were wounded in Richmond’s Dover Park in January 2007 in a Wild-West-style shootout in which more than 150 shots were fired. Tajali’s brother David was later gunned down in Calgary.
According to an online website, Siavash and Sahand Askari have been working as the Iranian contacts for a Vancouver-based company called Global Track and Trade.
The company is not listed in the B.C. Corporate Registry, but identifies itself online as a “B.C. based private business that specializes in international investments and trading economical resources world wide.”
“In the competitive market of international trade, we provide globalization and structure to our clients’ companies, to enable them to enhance and flourish, while keeping in accordance with all rules and regulations,” the company advertises.
The company claims to trade petroleum products from Russia, sugar cane from Brazil and rebar from Ukraine.
The Vancouver contacts for the company are listed as Daniel Lovric and Williams Njoku.
In January 2009, Lovric had five gun charges against him stayed, including unauthorized possession of firearm, occupying a vehicle in which there is firearm, possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition, defacing a firearm serial number and careless use of a firearm.
A Crown spokesman said at the time that it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that a gun found in Lovric’s BMW on Jan. 26, 2008 was in his possession.