Article in the Surrey Leader – ‘Guilty plea in Surrey murder plot’

Not much for me to say on this post, I always knew he was still involved.  Hence the premise of my documentary was that there is really no way out of this lifestyle.

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Guilty plea in Surrey murder plot

By Dan Ferguson – Surrey North Delta Leader

Published: April 16, 2010 1:00 PM
Updated: April 16, 2010 2:10 PM

Bal Buttar
Former gangster Bal Buttar is standing trial in connection with a Surrey murder plot.
– Courtesy Mani Amar

Meena Jouhal of Surrey has been sentenced to seven years in prison for plotting the murder of her husband with the alleged assistance of a blind and paralyzed former gangster from Vancouver.

The 33-year-old Jouhal was charged with counselling another person to commit an indictable offence in 2007 along with the wheelchair-bound Baljit “Bal” Buttar who lives in a long-term care facility.

She pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced in March of this year.

Because Buttar is still awaiting trial by jury, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has imposed a ban on publication that forbids reporting any details of the Jouhal sentencing hearing except for her guilty plea and jail term.

The ban is to remain in effect until the jury in the Buttar trial has retired to consider its verdict “…or until the case against Baljit Buttar has otherwise been concluded…” the order states.

Buttar’s trial on charges of counselling another to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to commit murder is expected to begin later this year before a B.C. Supreme court judge and jury in New Westminster.

According to sworn documents filed by investigators in Surrey Provincial Court after Jouhal and Buttar were arrested, the pair began planning the murder of Navtej Jouhal in July of 2006.

They allegedly tried to get another person, identified in the court document only as “E. Kramer” to commit the murder.

The killing was never carried out.

Buttar was left blind and paralyzed in 2001 after he was shot twice in the head.

In the documentary “A Warrior’s Religion,” Buttar told filmmaker Mani Amar that he remembers a sound like a “wrestling bell,” then waking up in darkness.

His criminal associates met similar fates.

“My whole crew vanished. In two years my whole crew (was) gone,” he said.

dferguson@surreyleader.com

http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/surreyleader/news/91066874.html

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