The son of a former B.C. Liberal MLA who is facing fentanyl-related charges, and is now accused of assault, says he is being unfairly targeted by the police and the media, because of his mother’s political status.
28-year-old Kasimir Tyabji-Sandana says he apologized to a co-worker after knocking off his hat and spitting at his feet out of anger after the man wore a hat to work with offensive writing on it.
Police arrested him and forced him to spend a night in a jail cell, something he says they had no grounds to do.
“I have no previous criminal record and to be held under these tertiary grounds which are suppose to be used in extreme cases, they have kind of treated me like an extreme criminal. Yes absolutely, I have been treated differently than someone who is not known would have been.”
He also says the public backlash has been rough on his family.
“We are also being treated quite negatively and there are frequent social media attacks so it is disheartening to not be given the chance to be innocent until proven guilty. Everyone is condemning me without knowing facts. It’s exhausting.”
Kasimir is out on bail, awaiting trial next September after he was charged in a fentanyl bust in Calgary.
He is charged with one count of importing a controlled substance .
Border officials intercepted a package marked as a muffler from China At Vancouver’s International Mail Centre.
The CBSA says the package actually contained 122 grams of pure fentanyl.
Judy Tyabji, who was the youngest MLA in the B.C. Legislature when she was elected in 1991, has taken to Facebook defending her son in the drug case, denouncing the actions of the police and the media, and how the ordeal has been painful for her family.
She’s also recently written a biography on Premier Christy Clark.