Monday, November 15, 2021

Gangster James Riach loses appeal of life sentence in Philippines

They were busted with more than $2.5m worth of ecstasy and shabu. (meth and caffeine)
The Philippines Court of Appeal rejected an appeal of the sentence by former Independent Soldier James Clayton Riach and accomplice Ali Memar Mortazavi Shirazi. The Canadians were also ordered to pay a $12,000 fine.
James Clayton Riach, right, and Ali Shirazi

Gangster Barry Espadilla and Tara Hadden-Watts
Philippines National Bureau of Investigation arrested Riach and Shirazi at their Manila condo in January 2014. Also arrested and charged that day was Riach’s long-time associate Barry Espadilla. Espadilla was released 18 months later after an appeals court judge accepted his lawyer’s argument that police lied to get search warrants in the case. He returned to Canada. Riach was in a vehicle with Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon and Hells Angel Larry Amero when it was sprayed by gunfire in Kelowna in August 2011.