Bail denied to controversial Edmonton landlord Abdullah Shah

A judge denied bail Tuesday for notorious Edmonton landlord Abdullah Shah, also known as Carmen Pervez.

‘Jail is where he belongs,’ McCauley resident says

Abdullah Shah, aka Carmen Pervez, was denied bail Tuesday on his most recent charges. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

A judge denied bail Tuesday for notorious Edmonton landlord Abdullah Shah, also known as Carmen Pervez.

Shah was taken into custody last Friday after police searched a central Edmonton warehouse linked to him.

A cancer in our community- McCauley resident David Williamson

Inside the warehouse at 9319 111 Ave., officers found a machete, ammunition including a magazine and bullets and allegedly stolen cheque books. Shah was charged with a number of offences including three counts of breach of recognizance.  

Shah has a long criminal history that dates back to 1983.

According to parole board documents, he has been convicted over the past 30 years of property and drug offences, assault, and most recently as the mastermind of a $30-million fraud scheme, for which he served his second prison term.

Criminal record considered

In court Tuesday, that criminal record was taken into consideration. Shah's lawyer Paul Moreau argued his client should be released, but the Crown opposed the application. 

The arguments, heard by Judge David McNab, are covered by a publication ban.  

Members of the McCauley community filled an entire row in the courtroom for the hearing. They smiled broadly when McNab turned down Shah's bail request.

Abdullah Shah sits in back of police car July 8. (David Williamson)
 Outside court, David Williamson expressed relief that Shah would remain behind bars.

He watched as Shah was arrested Friday and placed in the back of a police car, even snapping a picture with his Iphone.

Williamson called Shah's presence and business dealings  "a cancer within our community."

"Jail is where he belongs," Williamson said. "I don't think he should be out on the streets on bail."

The father of two lives four doors down from one of Shah's properties.

"I've witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects on a community and his tenants. There's been needles in the yard and my young boys are playing in close proximity to the stuff."

Shah attended his bail hearing from the Edmonton Remand Centre via closed circuit television.

He showed no reaction when the judge denied his bail request.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 17.

About the Author

Janice Johnston is an award-winning journalist in Edmonton who has covered the courts and crime for more than two decades. You can reach her at janice.johnston@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @cbcjanjohnston