No extradition yet for fugitive rapper nabbed in LA for Toronto murder

Hassan Ali, better known as rapper Top5, was arrested by the LAPD on Oct. 7 after a five-month flight from murder charges

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Hassan Ali — better known as notorious Toronto rapper Top5 — has been languishing in a U.S. jail for nearly a month after his Oct. 7 arrest in Los Angeles, awaiting extradition to Toronto after a five-month flight from justice.

Toronto Police Insp. Hank Idsinga told reporters they’re hoping to get Ali returned to Toronto soon.

“We are working with the American authorities and the Ministry of the Attorney General for the extradition,” said the head of the homicide squad. “I believe he will be returned to Toronto sooner than later.”

Ali was originally charged in February with accessory-after-the-fact in connection with the Jan. 31 shooting death of 20-year-old Hashim Omar Hashi — a man police said had no criminal record and no gang ties — gunned down while entering the parking garage of 40 Falstaff Ave., near Jane St. and Hwy. 401.

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Despite objections by the Crown and police, Ali was released from custody after a month with strict conditions that included an ankle monitor and orders to stay off social media.

Ali allegedly cut off his ankle monitor and skipped town just before his charges were upgraded to first-degree murder in May.

Hassan Ali, aka Top5
Hassan Ali, aka Top5 Instagram

Ali made regular appearances on Instagram while on the run from the law, including a livestream in July where he demanded a meeting with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

On Friday, Top5’s instagram account released new video of Ali apparently attending a street party in Los Angeles some time before his arrest.

He was taken into custody by Los Angeles police last month on a provisional arrest warrant, but his whereabouts post-arrest have been a mystery.

The LAPD declined to offer any information on the circumstances of his arrest, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — responsible for operating the county’s jails — told the Sun last month they have no records of him ever being lodged as an inmate.

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Toronto Police have repeatedly declined to answer questions about Ali’s arrest, citing the ongoing investigation.

But Idsinga implied the delays in bringing Top5 to justice are more bureaucratic than anything else.

“There’s quite a bit of logistics, paperwork and authorizations that have to be in place before we can execute that,” Idsinga said. “But our investigators will eventually go down to the United States and return Mr. Ali to Canada.”

bpassifiume@postmedia.com
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