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Justice reserves bail decision for 19-year-old accused of killing Sgt. Andrew Harnett

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WATCH: Amir Abdulrahman, 19, was in court Friday and his defence lawyer is seeking to have him released on bail. As Jenna Freeman reports, the Crown prosecutor also indicated they will be recommending direct indictment – Feb 12, 2021

Nineteen-year-old Amir Abdulrahman  is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett.

Abdulrahman is seeking to be released on bail and on Friday, Justice David Gates reserved his decision.

Abdulrahman and a youth who was 17 at the time Harnett died, are both charged in connection with the death of the Calgary police officer on New Year’s Eve.

The Crown indicated that it intends to make a recommendation for direct indictment, which means that there would be no preliminary inquiry.

On Friday, defence lawyer Balfour Der argued that his client should be released on bail.

“Expect that if this young man is released, it would be under conditions that are very, very strict,” Der explained.

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“That would no doubt include him being in constant presence of one of his parents — house arrest. It would be terms like that should he be released.”

On the night he died, Harnett had pulled over an SUV that was allegedly being driven by a youth. Abdulrahman was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle.

Harnett was killed after he was allegedly hit and dragged by the vehicle and police said shortly afterwards he came into contact with another vehicle.

According to court documents, at the time of the traffic stop, Abdulrahman had warrants out for a previous assault and failing to appear in court.

The co-accused was denied bail in youth court by judge Steve Lipton on Feb. 1.

READ MORE: Bail denied for teen accused of killing Calgary police officer 

Calgary police released information about a third person they believe was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

The person is believed to have been in the back seat of the SUV and police said they had not self-identified.

Gates said he will deliver his decision on bail for Abdulrahman in coming weeks.

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