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Old 10-17-2022, 05:37 AM
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Safdar wasn't acquitted, despite references suggesting so by various newspapers at the time. The trial, in which he was one of several defendants, was the longest trial in Hamilton history; so long, in fact, that the judge tabled the trial on the day he was set to read the verdict (a truncated version of which he later read, which took six hours). The woman who was tortured lived in the same house as Safdar and was tortured by multiple family members. Safdar's wife, also living in the house, lied at the trial and was fired from her law firm. There is no possibility of the extended torture, and physical and psychological abuse that went on for years in that house, having escaped Safdar's attention. He was as much a party to that as the rest. The reason he didn't go to jail with his brother related to the trial length and stoppage of the trial. The judge, two years later, stated that he had serious misgivings about those who didn't get jail time, but couldn't do anything about it. The family court, where the case also played out regarding a daughter, saw the matter more directly, and seized the girl while the defendents were in court for the torture of the wife. The mother was also involved. This wasn't simply a case of domestic violence. The torture went on for years, and involved breaking the woman's jaw in multiple places, burning her face with an iron, carving death threats into her leg, and numerous other acts, to say nothing of extended physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. The trial, again, was the longest one in Hamilton history. It was well publicized and well known...not something Pivot, et al, could possibly have ignored.

Safdar isn't the focus here; the twenty five million in drugs on board the aircraft are, and the legal impounding of the aircraft and detention of the crew; the Dominican Republic can detain for 12 months without charge, pending an investigation. Pivot claims two aircraft, but has one; which is impounded, and a "future" CRJ-200.

No US regional would hire Safdar, incidentally, as he doesn't have the right to work in the US. Trouble does seem to follow him. That isn't uncommon from people who spend years torturing other people.

Don't want to spend a year detained in a foreign country for a drug smuggling investigation? This isn't rocket science. It really isn't.
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Old 11-12-2022, 08:58 PM
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Old 11-13-2022, 05:26 AM
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Old 12-10-2022, 04:59 PM
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Interesting documentary on W5

'Cocaine Cargo': Eagle-eyed flight attendant on how she uncovered key evidence


https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/cocaine-ca...ence-1.6188517
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Old 03-16-2023, 09:38 AM
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A bit more investigation into the Pivot Airlines flight raises more questions than answers; for those who believe that the Dominican government simply held a group of innocent international travelers (after recovering two hundred ten kg of cocaine, worth twenty five million dollars, secreted on the aircraft).

The flight was chartered by John Strudwick, CFO of Trust Capital (a real estate company), based in Toronto. Trust Capital booked two flights to the Dominican Republic, with Pivot Airlines. Trust Capital paid two hundred thousand dollars to charter those two flights. It was the second flight on which the drugs were found and the crew and passengers detained.

Trust Capital does not exist. Neither does John Strudwick. Strudwick identified an employee on the drug flight: Sheldon Poirier. Poirier was cited as the head of Trust Capital's Edmonton and Calgary residential development projects.

Sheldon Poirier was convicted in 2020 of drug trafficking and possession. Interesting coincidence. Three other passengers on that flight also had recent convictions for drug trafficking. Also interesting coincidences. Two of those men had been represented by the same attorney in their drug cases; that attorney, when questioned, said he didn't know that Poirier, or any of the other passengers on the flight, were employees of Trust Capital. Same attorney represents both men for drug trafficking and possession (convictions), also represented the passengers on the flight, chartered by Trust Capital, but didn't know any of them were employees of Trust Capital? Seems unusual.

Another passenger who flew down on Pivot, but who left the Dominican Republic and flew back on his own a few days prior to the drug discovery, also said he knew nothing about Trust Capital (the company that chartered the flight). The passengers, employees of Trust Capital don't know who the non-existent company is. The attorney that represents the passengers doesn't know who Trust Capital is. The passenger who was flown to the DR by Trust Capital and then vanished before everyone else was detained, knows nothing about Trust Capital. Multiple passengers had recent possession and trafficking convictions in Canada, and were represented by the same attorney who was hired to represent the rest of the passengers. And the flight was chartered by a man who doesn't exist, working for a company that doesn't exist. Nothing unusual about that, is there?

https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/w5-exposes...d=7n01t83bzu4j

At Punta Cana, the drugs were transported to the airplane by an airport truck; the process was caught on camera. The crew initially discovered the bags by a cockpit door annunciator. Authorities arrived, identified four bags and removed them, and cleared the airplane to depart. Subsequently, the crew identified more bags in the same compartment, when the crew was unable to close the compartment door, raising the question of how a search failed to identify the additional bags of cocaine, and whether some had been removed, and others intentionally left behind. DR autorities removed four bags, half the total cocaine load, but left four bags behind. That's not suspicious. Or is it?

Cocaine Cargo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ycQBte06M

Cocaine Cargo II (parts 1 and 2): https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5?lid=yvlpecyhdrm8
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Old 03-19-2023, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnBurke View Post
I just watched this and have a few thoughts....


1- Nice to see some real investigative and useful journalism for a change. While the production was a bit over dramatic the content of the story was well done and beneficial.

2- The Canadian government was absolutely worthless it seems. Maybe some diplomatic backchannels got the job done, but we will probably never know. DR a 3rd world country, wasting time dealing with their courts is exactly that, a waste of time. Drop an ultimatum and if that doesn't work send in extraction forces. Of course I'm sure this was not high on the list of priorities for Trudeau until the media started embarrassing him over it. In other words they had something else going on with the DR government and didn't want to ruin it over this until the news report started making it a priority for him.

3- If I had been the airline and/or the families, I would have pooled money together to hire a reputable mercenary firm to go in and extract the flight crew assuming the government wasn't going to. They are only 75 miles from Puerto Rico and I doubt the US government would have shipped them back to DR, especially if they claimed asylum in PR. I would also hope that Pivot Airline would be paying their salaries and expenses during this time.

4- With government you can never tell if malice or incompetence. It's quite possible this was a government op (think Iran/Contra Affair) or that some high ranking Canadian officials were simply in on the side business. Either way unsure if the government was just incompetent and didn't care, or if they were worried that this issue would embarrass some of them.
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Old 03-23-2023, 05:49 AM
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Where can I find a reputable mercenary team willing to go into the DR to extradite someone under arrest?
Itís like the A-Team, ďif you can find themĒ, but the US govt canít?
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You're assuming that Pivot Airlines, or the crew, was not complicit in the smuggling operation.
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Old 03-23-2023, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnBurke View Post
You're assuming that Pivot Airlines, or the crew, was not complicit in the smuggling operation.
It seems pretty obvious they weren't. But even if they were, the DR government has mishandled the entire situation.
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Old 03-24-2023, 04:43 AM
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Why would the crew open the hatch and report on themselves if they were involved? This dude really seems to have a bone to pick with Safdar.
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