Monday, April 24, 2017

Imported Career Criminal Afshin Ighani Maleki

A man accused of a shooting in Oliver last week and the subject of a subsequent manhunt by South Okanagan RCMP is now back behind bars. Afshin Ighani Maleki was arrested April 22 following a chase through the South Okanagan and Similkameen valleys that included road blocks and allegations he took a hostage to escape.

Questions are being raised about why he's in Canada at all. Maleki was first subject to a deportation order in 2002 after he was convicted of possessing a restricted weapon. His deportation order was appealed that same year and the removal order was held for five years.
Maleki was convicted of four offences in May 2007 including cocaine trafficking and possession of a firearm. Ighani, 45, has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the latest incident. He's also facing charges of uttering threats and possessing a firearm without authorization. In a statement, RCMP said Ighani was considered armed and dangerous.