Crown promises direct indictment for alleged gangsters
The Crown expects to have a direct indictments filed by the end of next week against eight alleged B.C. gangsters.
Prosecutor Ralph Keefer says the case will then be moved directly to trial in B.C. Supreme Court, without a preliminary hearing.
The eight are charged with conspiring to murder brothers Jonathan, James and Jarrod Bacon.
Police say the Bacon brothers are leaders of the Red Scorpions, whose feud with the UN Gang over control of the drug trade they believe to be behind a bloody gang war in the region.
Barzan Tilli-Choli, Karwan Saed, Aram Ali, Soroush Ansari, Dilun Heng, Daniel Russell, Yong Sung John lee and John William Croitoru face one count each of conspiracy to commit murder.
Ali and Heng appeared in person at a hearing in B.C. provincial court, while the other six men appeared by video. The case has been adjourned until July 14.