Edmonton landlord released from hospital after shooting


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Edmonton inner-city landlord Abdullah Shah is recovering at home after being shot in the head earlier this month, his lawyer says.

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Shah, a high-profile inner-city landowner also known as Carmen Pervez, was shot at one of his businesses on Aug. 13, lawyer Paul Moreau told Postmedia.

He was rushed to hospital and as of last week was listed in critical but stable condition.

Shah has since been discharged from hospital and is recuperating at home, Moreau confirmed Monday.

Shah owns numerous residential and commercial properties in central Edmonton, which some residents say are sources of crime and disorder. He was convicted of mortgage fraud in 2008 and sentenced to five years in prison.

He is currently facing fentanyl trafficking charges.
Shah describes himself as a housing reform advocate who provides shelter for people struggling with poverty, mental health and addictions issues.
The 59-year-old recently pleaded guilty to ordering an assault on an Edmonton Remand Centre inmate who allegedly threatened him. The remand assault did not occur and Shah was sentenced to eight months of house arrest in December.
Moreau told court at the time that his client is “transitioning out” of the rental business and has sold off the “majority” of his portfolio.

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Shah and several associates recently won $250 each in legal costs from Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee, over a news release that identified them as “persons of interest” in a 2019 investigation into allegations including money laundering, drug trafficking and participation in a criminal organization. The investigation did not result in charges.

Moreau confirmed that Shah was shot at one of his businesses on 111 Avenue, which was searched as part of the 2019 investigation.

Detectives continue to investigate the Aug. 13 shooting but are mum on details. On Monday, Edmonton Police Service spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard confirmed the case is still under investigation, but did not say whether investigators have identified suspects.

Postmedia reached out to Shah but did not immediately hear back.

— With files from Kellen Taniguchi