An alleged member of the UN gang charged with conspiring to murder the Bacon brothers and their associates was denied bail Friday.
The reasons for denial of bail for Amir Eghtesad, 30, cannot be reported because of a publication ban imposed by B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen.
The accused, who been in custody since his arrest in August 2011, had little reaction to the judge's ruling as he sat in the prisoner's dock in the Vancouver courtroom.
Members of Eghtesad's family sat behind him in the public gallery.
Eghtesad, who has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Provincial Court in November, is alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to murder Jonathan Bacon, Jarrod Bacon and Jamie Bacon and their Red Scorpion gang associates between Jan. 1, 2008 and Feb. 17, 2009.
He was taken into custody a week after the gangland slaying of Jonathan Bacon outside a casino in Kelowna.
No charges have been laid in Bacon's murder but on Monday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting, police said the investigation was progessing and they are looking at suspects.
On Wednesday, Jamie Bacon made his first court appearance after his trial in the Surrey Six murders was severed from his co-accused.
Jarrod Bacon is serving a 12-year sentence for conspiring to traffic in cocaine.
Eghtesad's arrest came two years after eight UN gang members or associates were arrested and charged with conspiring to murder the same targets.
In January 2011, six of those accused - Dan Russell, Dilun Hung, Karwan Saed, Ion Kroituru, Barzan Tilli-Choli and Young Lee - were also charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of Jonathan Barber and the attempted murder of his girlfriend, Vicky King.
Cory Vallee is also charged in the Barber murder and attempted murder of King.
Vallee and Conor D'Monte - both of whom remain at large - have also been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Red Scorpions member Kevin LeClair, who was a close friend of the Bacons.
The UN gang case remains in pre-trial hearings.
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