TORONTO Police announced on Wednesday that Rabih (Robby) Alkhalil, who is wanted on a raft of charges across Canada including Sandip “Dip” Duhre’s murder in Vancouver, was returned to Toronto on Tuesday after an extradition application was granted by the government of Greece.
He faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of gangster Duhre at the Bar One restaurant in the Sheraton Wall Centre in the 1000-block of Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver on January 17.
He is also a suspect in the June 2012 murder of John Raposo, 35, in Toronto. His co-accused in that case is Dean Wiwchar whose case regarding $140,000 that were discovered by police in his safe deposit box was reported in the media earlier this month.
Although Wiwchar has not been charged in Duhre’s murder, a ruling by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gregory Bowden called the money “very suspicious” and noted: “There is no evidence to suggest that Wiwchar was employed or had a legitimate means of earning that cash.”
Bowden said: “In my view it would be reasonable to believe that Wiwchar obtained that cash as a result of criminal activity although not necessarily for the killing of Mr. Duhre.”
He added: “Nevertheless, the presence of the cash is consistent with the theory that Wiwchar killed Mr. Duhre for money.”
Wiwchar’s two accounts in a Vancouver bank had no money when they were opened in February 2012 two weeks after Duhre’s murder, but in April 2012 police came across $140,000.
The information came out in a ruling by Bowden released earlier this month regarding admission of wiretap evidence against Wiwchar and Phillip Juan Ley in a firearms case.
The ruling also revealed that video camera footage showed a man with his head and face covered with a scarf and toque coming up to Duhre, who was seated at a table, and shooting him. He had a distinctive walk like Wiwchar as well as a similar height and build.
The vehicle used by the shooter was linked to Wiwchar and Ley.
The ruling also revealed that James Riach and Alyas Rahimi were seen in the hotel bar when Duhre was killed.
Alkhalil also faces Niagara Regional Police Service and Quebec Police drug-related charges including trafficking and importing cocaine as well as RCMP passport-related offences.