|A United Nations gangster convicted of plotting to kill the Bacon brothers was released from Kent prison and deported to his native Iraq. The Parole Board of Canada ruled it isn’t necessary to keep Barzan Tilli-Choli in custody past his statutory release date.|
Tilli-Choli, 34, pleaded guilty in July 2013 to his role in the UN murder plot, which continued over several months in 2008 and 2009. Tilli-Choli, his gang leader Clay Roueche and several others in the UN, participated in “human safaris” as they hunted the Bacon brothers and their Red Scorpion gang mates across the Lower Mainland.
|Tilli-Choli was handed a 14-year sentence minus almost nine years as double credit for the 4½ years he spent in pre-trial custody, for a net sentence of five years and three months. |
Tilli-Choli was born in the Kurdistan province of Iraq and came to Canada in 1999 at age 17. He lost his permanent residence status because of his conspiracy conviction.
Karwan Ahmet Saed, Barzan Tilli-Choli, Ion Kroitoru; bottom row, Yong Sung John Lee and Dilun Heng.
|In 2008, the UN gang began targeting associates of Jonathan, Jamie and Jarrod Bacon, and others in the Red Scorpions gang. Stereo installer Jonathan Barber was shot to death in Burnaby when he was mistaken for Jamie Bacon.|
A Crown spokesman told reporters the prosecution concluded none of the men could be convicted of Barber’s murder based on evidence available.