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Accused in Ghiasi death makes first court appearance

Three Ottawa men appeared in a downtown courtroom yesterday to face charges in connection with the slaying of a 16-year-old boy earlier this week.

Three Ottawa men appeared in a downtown courtroom yesterday to face charges in connection with the slaying of a 16-year-old boy earlier this week.

Abdulhamid Wehbe, 20, who is charged with second-degree murder in the city’s 10th homicide of the year, and Zakaria Dourhnou, 18, and Khaled Wehbe, 19, both charged with accessory after the fact, made separate brief court appearances. Each of the men wore a blue jail jumpsuit.

Abdulhamid Wehbe appeared first. He had short-cropped hair, tidy facial hair and kept his hands behind his back. He didn’t speak, except to say his name and acknowledge that he understood Justice of the Peace Brian Mackey.

His next appearance is by video remand on Dec. 17.

Khalid Wehbe looked around the courtroom, where several family members and friends sat during the brief appearances, and briefly adjusted the buttons on his jumpsuit.


He and Dourhnou, who had thick, short black hair, the top buttons undone on his jumpsuit and kept his hands folded in front of him during his appearance. His next appearance is by video remand on Dec. 14.

The judge issued a non-communication order, forbidding the accused to speak with each other, and with six other people, who he had named.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the body of Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi was found on Booth Street. Witnesses reported hearing two gunshots and saw a male being dumped from a car.

An autopsy Tuesday confirmed Ghiasi, a student at Notre Dame High School, died from a gunshot wound.

In shock after the incident, students at Ghiasi school told Metro they were grieving together, and have a memorial set up in their classmate’s honour.

The funeral for Ghiasi will be held at the Ottawa Mosque today.

 
 
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