The last time Omid Bayani was seen alive was last week, when he was on his way to the gym. Bayani had been due to be sentenced in a couple of days for his role in a drug scheme that involved Ontario Hells Angels. His name is also of note because he’s close to the United Nations gang, which has tried several times to murder rival gang leader Jon Bacon. Someone succeeded in murdering the Kelowna man last month.
There’s a certain irony to Bayani going missing. He was labelled too dangerous to stay in Canada in 1997 and ordered deported in 1999. And yet he managed to stay on, rising in the undersworld.
So what happened to Bayani this time? Did he flee the country, to avoid imprisonment? Or did enemies in the underworld determine he deserved a stiffer sentence than whatever the courts had planned for him?
Whether Bayani fled or was murdered is a mystery. And those who know the answer have good reasons to remain silent.