Mur­der sus­pect Hasan’s ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing set for Sept. 11 in Texas

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - LIZ MONTEIRO WATER­LOO RE­GION — Water­loo Re­gion Record

Mur­der sus­pect Ager Mohsin Hasan’s ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing is set for Sept. 11 in Texas, and get­ting the Hamil­to­nian to Canada might take awhile but he will face mur­der charges here.

That’s the pre­dic­tion of a Toronto crim­i­nal lawyer who’s worked on ex­tra­di­tion cases.

“He’s com­ing home to face those charges, 100 per cent es­pe­cially on those charges and with a strong treaty part­ner,” said Jor­dan Donich in an in­ter­view Fri­day.

Donich said the ex­tra­di­tion process can be long and com­pli­cated with author­i­ties from both coun­tries work­ing to­gether, but the United States is Canada’s strong­est and clos­est ally and the coun­tries have good work­ing re­la­tion­ships.

“There will be a process where our author­i­ties will pass in­for­ma­tion as a ba­sis for the hear­ing,” he said.

“It will go ahead with our clos­est ally.”

Plus, Hasan has proven he is a “flight risk. He’s so­phis­ti­cated. He was able to get to the States,” Donich said.

“This is a guy who evaded the author­i­ties, who some­how crossed the bor­der and has gone un­de­tected,” he said.

Hasan, 24, is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of Melinda Vasil­ije.

Vasil­ije, 23, was found dead of mul­ti­ple stab wounds in her Kitch­ener apart­ment on April 28. Hasan took off to the United States af­ter her death.

Hasan was ar­rested on Tues­day by the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice in San An­to­nio, Texas.

The Se­cret Ser­vice was con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into coun­ter­feit cur­rency and re­ceived a call from an anony­mous source who said Hasan was al­legedly plac­ing or­ders for coun­ter­feit cash via the Dark Web.

The source pro­vided the sus­pect’s de­scrip­tion, first name, ad­dress and ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion, said a me­dia re­lease from the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice and the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

Spe­cial agents went to the sus­pect’s ad­dress to con­duct sur­veil­lance and spot­ted the 2016 black Honda HRV.

The Se­cret Ser­vice asked the lo­cal San An­to­nio po­lice to con­duct a traf­fic stop.

A per­son match­ing the de­scrip­tion of Hasan was in the pas­sen­ger seat. The ve­hi­cle was driven by an­other man.

Af­ter a search of the ve­hi­cle, which had stolen plates from Arkansas and the res­i­dence where Hasan was stay­ing, po­lice found $600 in coun­ter­feit $20 bills, the Se­cret Ser­vice said.

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