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Budapest court of appeal rules Oliver Karafa should be sent back to Canada to face charges

Accused’s arguments, which alleged ‘corruption’ within Hamilton police and jail, were rejected

Police says Oliver Karafa, Yun (Lucy) Lu Li, 25, were wanted for first-degree murder and attempted murder following a shooting in Stoney Creek, Ont. in February, 2021. (Hamilton Police Service)

A Hungarian court of appeal has ruled Oliver Karafa should be sent back to Canada to face charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Stoney Creek, Ont.

Warrants were issued for Karafa’s arrest, along with his co-accused, Yun (Lucy) Lu Li, following the shooting on Feb. 28 that left Tyler Pratt dead.

The 39-year-old was found shot on Arvin Avenue. A 26-year-old woman was also seriously injured.

Detectives said Li and Karafa, who are both from Toronto, left for eastern Europe within 24 hours of the shooting. 

The Metropolitan Court of Budapest previously alleged Karafa was the shooter.

The two travelled through several countries, including Slovakia and the Czech Republic, before arriving in Budapest, Det.-Sgt. Jim Callender previously told reporters, describing their departure from Canada as “unusual.”

But while Li returned to Canada on July 12, Karafa had been fighting extradition.

The Budapest-Capital Regional Court of Appeal announced its decision in a media release shared Wednesday.

It upheld the decision of the lower court and ruled the conditions for Karafa to be sent back to Canada had been met.

Karafa raised concerns about trial

The Toronto man had argued his “life and physical integrity” and right to a fair trial could not be guaranteed if he was put in custody in Canada, according to the appeal court.

Karafa hired a private investigator, and his lawyers tried to use photos, media reports and other materials to allege Pratt “had extensive criminal connections and his associates want to avenge [his] death,” it stated in its release.

The court said he also made allegations of “corruption and crime” against Hamilton police and the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre.

Court rejected arguments

But the court rejected Karafa’s arguments following a reply from Canadian judicial authorities that outlined steps to ensure the accused is safe and the rights of an accused person.

“All this ‘evidence’ cannot be considered even in itself as objective, reliable, accurate and sufficiently up-to-date information on the conditions of detention” in Canada, it stated, referring to Karafa’s defence.

It ordered items confiscated from him be handed over to Canadian authorities.

The release also mentions an attempt to have Karafa extradited to Slovakia, the country where he was born, but said the court found it wasn’t possible to do so.

It went on to say that even if Pratt has criminal connections there is no basis for halting extradition out of safety concerns.

“Criminal relationships are not bound by national borders, which means that the accused would not be safe in practically any country in the world,” the release reads, before adding, “The court, therefore, established correctly and lawfully that the conditions for extradition have been met and ordered the arrest for surrender of the accused.”

Source: Dan Taekema · CBC News

MANDEL: Send private eye who intimidated reporter to jail — Crown

***Please note: Present Truth Investigations is impartial and reserves judgement on this news report. Our agency does not condone intimidation, threats or criminally violent acts. This re-posted news piece is not intended to attack the subject in question. Feel free to contact us if you would like to ask questions concerning the conduct of Private Investigators in Ontario.

An Instagram photo of Mitch Dubros Photo by https://www.instagram.com/p/BygssVWgc-q/ /Toronto Sun

His behaviour is that of the quintessential shady, slimy private investigator preying on a female witness in an effort to strong-arm her into silence. But Mitch Dubros is now facing a possible prison term for badly miscalculating the strength and determination of veteran CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan.

On an early Sunday morning in February 2018, the 30-year licensed gumshoe knocked on Mulligan’s door and tried to intimidate her into dropping her criminal harassment complaint at an upcoming preliminary hearing against Mike Bullard, the talk show host she’d briefly dated.

Dubros left her a voicemail, as well, and then moved on to her colleagues and ex-husband, making the same veiled threats that he would dig up dirt and ruin careers unless Mulligan backed off.

To her credit, she didn’t, of course. The disgraced Bullard eventually pleaded guilty to one count of making harassing phone calls to Mulligan and two of breaching court orders and was given a conditional discharge. Dubros was found guilty by a jury last year of obstructing justice.

In her poignant victim impact statement, Mulligan expressed understandable resentment that she’s had to take time out from battling Stage 4 breast cancer to speak at his sentencing hearing — but said it was important to protect future victims of Dubros’ “grotesque tactics.”

“I am trying so hard to stay positive, so I don’t drown in despair, and this case has taken me back to a time of stress that I never wanted to think about ever again,” she said fiercely over Zoom.

“But I am here today because I believe in our justice system. It is one of the pillars of our democracy, and the person sitting in court today convicted of attempting to obstruct justice abused that with his actions.

Cynthia Mulligan, Journalist, CityNews

“He tried to scare me into silence, so I wouldn’t testify against the man who frightened my daughters and me, someone I simply dated for a short period of time, someone police thought was so unstable that they told me to take my daughters and move out of our home, a coward who was desperately trying to avoid justice and who ultimately pled guilty to harassment — this is the person Mr. Dubros was representing.”

Mulligan called his conduct “reprehensible.”

“It is hard enough for a woman to come forward and face an abuser and deal with years of delays in court, and Mr. Dubros added a whole other level of stress which was clearly his intention.”

Crown attorney Katie Beaudoin urged Ontario Superior Court Justice Kenneth Campbell to sentence Dubros, now 62, to between three and 3 1/2 years behind bars as well as impose an order not to communicate with Mulligan, two colleagues, and her ex-husband.

“Mr. Dubros engaged in a concerted effort to stop Ms. Mulligan from testifying,” the Crown said. “It was a deliberate and calculated campaign.”

Dubros’ efforts grew more aggressive over several weeks, she added, with warnings to her colleagues that he could be ruthless, could dig up skeletons, and it would just “get uglier and uglier” unless Mulligan walked away from the case.

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Court heard he’d been hired by Bullard’s lawyer.

Defence lawyer Frank Addario said his client sincerely regrets the “negative impact” of his actions and should be given a six-month sentence in the community. According to his pre-sentence report, his psychiatrist suggested Dubros suffers from mental health issues and may have been under the effects of a manic episode at the time.

“That’s pure speculation,” countered the prosecutor.

Addario also told the judge that Dubros’ conviction would mean the loss of his private investigator’s licence and the end of a three-decade career.

But shockingly, the Crown told the court that there appears to be a “gap” in the regulations that doesn’t itemize “obstruct justice” as one of the crimes that would disqualify Dubros from keeping his licence.

“And that is appalling,” Mulligan said. “That is another flaw in the system that will allow him to continue his shady actions.”

Campbell has reserved his decision until next month.

Source: mmandel@postmedia.com

Apple AirTags: The Latest Personal Security Threat

In an ever-changing world, technology is making it easier and more convenient to track, monitor, and locate information, property, and even people. Recently, in early 2021, companies such as Apple and Samsung have released mobile GSP and Bluetooth tracking devices that are stated to be used to locate property, such as keys, bags, high ticket items, and even vehicles. While these companies have stated that the intended use is to help locate and monitor personal property, an obvious use has been for illegal means. And as Private Investigators, we are hard-pressed to believe that this possibility was not considered.

Apple AirTag is the size of a large coin.

Unlike traditional GPS trackers, which provide more accurate real-time data, the most popular trackers on the market are the Apple AirTags and the Samsung SmartTags. Both products (retail under $50) are leaders in their respective fields; one for iOS users and one for Android-based products. And with each respectively providing updates within approximately 13 minutes or less. The Apple AirTags provide additional security, in that, they are supposed to alert any iOS user who comes into proximity to them. The alert will notify the person’s iPhone that an AirTag is close by and possibly tracking them; with an additional option to sound an audible alert, that is supposed to assist in locating the device. While, on the other hand, the Samsung SmartTag is a Bluetooth device (unlike the GPS capability of the Apple AirTag) and requires that the Andriod phone user is within Bluetooth range to detect it.

Both products have been proven to be a risk to personal privacy and safety, as people have begun to use them for illegal means. In Canada, it is illegal to track and monitor someone without their consent. However, this may not necessarily stop a potential stalker, thief or deviant from doing so. Therefore, one must be aware of the potential uses and risks that these products can pose; if used for nefarious means. Police forces within North America are now being faced with a new wave of crime, as criminals have begun to utilize trackers as a means to follow victims.

Tracker found inside a rear hitch cap on a pickup truck.

If you suspect that you are being illegally tracked and followed, here are some things that you can do to help protect your safety:

  1. Sweep your items with an Apple Phone. Apple AirTags are supposed to alert any Apple user of their presence.
  2. Check likely and unlikely areas where someone may place a tracker. These include vents, pockets, seams, under caps, compartments, gas caps, truck hitches, underneath vehicles, etc.
  3. If you receive an alert on your iOS device while driving, that a tracker is with you, DO NOT go home. Go to the parking lot of the nearest Police station and search for the tracker there.
  4. Report the incident to the police.
  5. If the tracker is found, use gloves when removing it and provide it to the police as evidence. There may be fingerprints on the device.
  6. If the tracker is not located, and the Police did not locate the tracker, enlist the assistance of a Private Investigator, who is equipped to detect bugs and trackers.

As personal security and privacy have been attacked more and more, it is necessary to protect oneself from the possibility of being monitored and tracked. If you suspect that you are being tracked and/or followed, feel free to reach out for professional assistance. We, at Present Truth Investigations, can provide FREE information that may assist you in remedying your situation. And if needed, we would be happy to help in protecting you and your family. Contact us today, should you have questions or concerns.

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