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Notorious pimp Reza Moazami loses legal challenge to prison transfer

The incident involving Reza Moazami occurred on April 25 last year at the Mission Institution, a medium-security prison where he was serving out a 23-year jail term.

A notorious Vancouver pimp has lost a legal challenge of a decision by corrections officials to transfer him to a maximum-security prison following an incident in which he allegedly aggressively chased after and confronted a nurse.

The incident involving Reza Moazami occurred on April 25 last year at the Mission Institution, a medium-security prison where he was serving out a 23-year jail term.

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A Correctional Service of Canada nurse at the prison alleged that Moazami shouted in her direction while gesturing and pointing at her, and then started aggressively walking toward her.

She walked away and says she told him to back off as she tried to get to a safer environment, but he followed her until he was intercepted by another correctional officer. The nurse felt threatened by Moazami’s conduct.

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Moazami claimed that the incident only developed after he had been waiting in line for medication but that the nurse left before she gave him his medication. He denied acting in an aggressive manner or breaking any rules.

Corrections officials determined that Moazami’s conduct was serious enough to warrant an emergency transfer to the higher-security Kent prison that same day.

In a corrections memo on the incident, officials noted that Moazami had had “adjustment” issues throughout most of his current sentence and had a history of institutional incidents including disrespectful conduct, refusing staff direction, making suggestive gestures toward health-care staff, and multiple disciplinary problems.

Moazami filed a legal challenge to the prison transfer in which he made a number of claims, including an allegation that his right to procedural fairness was breached and that the decision to move him was unreasonable.

In his ruling on the case, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ward Branch concluded that Moazami’s procedural fairness rights were not violated on any grounds.

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“In terms of the substantive decision, while there were differing accounts as to why Mr. Moazami approached the nurse, and whether it was in a threatening manner or not, on balance, I find that the decision was reasonable,” the judge said in a decision released Friday.

“I have reviewed the CCTV footage, and find that given Mr. Moazami’s aggressive approach toward the nurse, it was reasonable for the warden to have interpreted it as he did.”

The judge also noted that the incident could not be viewed in isolation.

“Mr. Moazami had already demonstrated a pattern of concerning behaviour. Even if the CCTV is treated as ambiguous in isolation, when combined with Mr. Moazami’s conduct during the interviews, and his pattern of behaviour leading up to the incident, the decision was reasonable.”

In September 2014, Moazami was convicted of 30 prostitution-related offences involving the exploitation of 11 female victims. The offences against the victims, aged 14 to 19, were committed between February 2009 and October 2011.


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