April 29, 2015
New Zealand: Bodybuilder kidnaps "brother" to help avoid arrest on steroid charges
An Auckland body builder allegedly arranged the kidnapping of a fellow body builder who considered him to be like a “brother” in an attempt to avoid being jailed for breaching bail conditions relating to an arrest over steroid offences. Khalid Naser Slaimankhel and associates Jen Jay Law and Junior Iolimo Paea are on trial at the Auckland High Court facing kidnapping charges after allegedly kidnapping Marven Yacoub in an attempt to get him to take the rap after police found over 1000 green pills in the boot of Slaimankhel’s BMW. Slaimankhel was already on bail after being arrested over alleged steroid and party pill dealing. Slaimankhel and Paea are also defending charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice after Yacoub was allegedly taken from a South Auckland Burger King against his will to Slaimankhel’s lawyer’s office in Ponsonby and forced to sign an affidavit accepting responsibility for the pills.
A condition of Slaimankhel’s bail was that he was not allowed to use or be in possession of steroids or controlled medicines.Slaimankhel and Yacoub were under police observation when they met in the carpark at the Sylvia Park mall on February 1, 2013. Following the meeting Slaimankhel’s car was stopped by police, who discovered 1048 green pills stamped with British pound signs divided into 10 snaplock bags in the boot of the car. Slaimankhel allegedly told police the pills were “steroid fat burners”. Testing later confirmed the pills contained two controlled medicines, yohimbine and androstenidione. Slaimankhel was released subject to a bail hearing on February 12. Yacoub was arrested on February 4 following a search of his house that uncovered more green pills and what appeared to be steroids. The crown alleges Slaimankhel came to believe Yacoub was a police “snitch” and hatched a plan to make Yacoub take the rap for the pills. Slaimankhel decided Yacoub would “step up and help him with the situation he found himself in and he wasn’t going to give him any choice”, crown prosecutor Claire Paterson told the court. Slaimankhel then met with Law and hatched a plan to kidnap Yacoub, the crown alleges. Law sent a text to Yacoub to arrange a meeting at a Burger King in Mangere. When Mr Yacoub arrived for the meeting he was met not by Mr Law but by Mr Paea and two unknown associates. “You’ve been a very naughty boy,” Mr Paea allegedly told Yacoub, who tried to leave only to have his way blocked by Paea’s associates. The trio placed Yacoub in a car and kiddy locked the doors before taking him to meet Slaimankhel at the office of his lawyer Isaac Koya. Slaimankhel allegedly told Yacoub that he had “f**ked up” and “you’re going to take the rap for this”. Paea allegedly threatened Yacoub while Slaimankhel dictated an affidavit. The affidavit was signed by Koya and another lawyer, Gary Gotleib, and presented at Slaimankhel’s bail hearing. Yacoub, who had been instructed by Slaimankhel to appear as a witness at his bail hearing, instead called police. Defense counsel for Slaimankhel Mark Ryan told the court there had been no kidnapping and that Yacoub had given the affidavit of his own free will. Yacoub had invented the story to help with his own legal issues. “Mr Yacoub was desperate to avoid a conviction for drugs and funnily enough Mr Yacoub did avoid a conviction for drugs,” Mr Ryan said. Paea’s counsel Paul Heaslip told the court there was no kidnapping and that “Mr Paea has nothing to do with any of this”. Law’s counsel Hugh Leaborn said his client did not dispute sending texts to Yacoub and Slaimankhel to arrange the meeting but that it should be asked if there was a kidnapping at all, and if there was, whether Law knew about it. “There is a huge dearth of evidence there,” Mr Heaslip said. The trial is set down for nine days. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11440544