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Preliminary inquiry date set for former FCE striker Sadi Jalali

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In the summer of 2011, Sadi Jalali scored for Canada against England at the U-17 World Cup in Mexico. There was interest from German side Kaiserslautern in the young Edmontonian. He’d find his way to FC Edmonton, then to the Whitecaps Residency, then back to FC Edmonton, where he scored twice in 25 career games.

In the summer of 2017, Jalali will be fighting a different kind of battle. He’ll be the subject of a preliminary inquiry, as the legal process begins on charges of cocaine trafficking that were brought against him this past August.

The preliminary inquiry into the charges will begin July 20, 2017. The date was set Wednesday in Edmonton Provincial Court. The whole process took about a minute on a busy docket. Jalali didn’t even appear in court.

The election was made for a Court of Queen’s Bench trial, judge alone. But first, a preliminary inquiry will determine if the Crown’s case is strong enough for a trial to proceed.

Jalali and his brother, Saidkheyam, were charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking after both of them were stopped by police in early August. Both of their vehicles were stopped separately. Sadi was alleged to have 16 bags of cocaine in his vehicle. Police allege that a handgun was found in his brother’s vehicle.

Since the charges were laid, Jalali has resumed his soccer career. He was released by FC Edmonton in July, but began playing with NAIT in the Albera Colleges Athletic Conference. He led the Ooks in assists, and scored five times in a game against King’s. But, he was sent off in the ACAC’s bronze-medal match, a 2-1 loss to SAIT.

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