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Navid Khalili (above), the paid assassin who on 16 December 2013 cold-bloodedly murdered construction company owner Joe Antoun at his front door, while his wife and children looked on in horror, committed another murder just 6 weeks before he gunned down Antoun.
As part of a disgraceful plea deal with State and Federal prosecutors Khalili was not, and will not be, charged with the earlier murder, despite admitting that he was one of four men who on 29 October executed Mahmoud Hamzy, the cousin of notorious criminal and Supermax inmate Bassam Hamzy.
Had he been prosecuted for Hamzy’s murder it is highly unlikely that the Director of Public Prosecutions would have been able to strike the deal that will see the career criminal and paid assassin walk free from prison at the age of 41 after serving just 14 years for his heinous crimes.
Khalili’s reduced sentence was made possible when his lawyer Leo Premutico negotiated an agreement with prosecutors for his client to give extensive evidence against alleged Brothers 4 Life kingpin Farhad Quami and his two brothers in relation to their roles in murders, bashing, drug trafficking and all manner of other crimes.
The DPP view Quami as a big fish – he’s not, he’s simply a mid-level player and a bloodthirsty violent thug, but try telling the prosecutors that – and are desperate to nail him. He’s escaped three murder raps to date, and the G-men are desperate to score a conviction and lock him away to prove that despite stuffing up the first three cases, they are not totally hopeless after all.
Good luck I say – Khalili is likely to be dead before he ever gets to give evidence against the Quami’s, or else his family will be threatened and/or harmed and the DPP will find that his evidence isn’t quite as sharp as it promised to be; and certainly not sharp enough to score them the convictions they were banking on in the gala Brothers 4 Life mega-trial.
The real question though is how on earth Khalili received such a ridiculously lenient sentence, information or no information.
Compare his case to that of Carl Williams, who admittedly was convicted of three murders and one count of conspiracy to murder, but multiple murder is multiple murder, whatever was you look at it.
Williams, who cut a secret deal to provide evidence against allegedly corrupt detective Paul Dale, received a minimum 35 year sentence, and given that he was 37 years old at the time of his conviction, would not have seen the unbarred light of day until he was an old man of 72, if he had lived to tell the tale.
Khalili on the other hand will still be a young man of 41 when he is released into the sunlight, and the beautiful twin girls he left fatherless will be just 21, and have to live with the constant fear of running into the man who murdered their father in the street. With some luck he might be crossing it, and one of the twins behind the wheel of a truck if fate ever does cause them to chance upon one another.
But it’s all probably a moot point anyway, because of course William didn’t live to ever see the sky again, and the fate of Victoria’s most ‘highly protected’ prisoner should be a salutary lesson to Navid Khalili, for if they can get the high-profile Williams then the relatively unknown informant against the Quami brothers should be a piece of cake, and who is going to lament the passing of a double murderer and all-round grub?.
Dead men tell no tales, and without Khalili’s testimony the whole Quami deck of cards falls down. It’s going to be a long and nervous wait until trial day for the murderer who’s been f*cked by a fairy, the darling of the DPP.
Best of British luck to the prick. He’ll need it.