Mr. Sub murder takes new turn

A U.S. judge has approved subpoenas for former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about he mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.

The Toronto Sun
March 25, 2006

Mr. Sub murder takes new turn
Judge issues subpeona for ex-Washington lobbyist

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP-CP) – A U.S. judge has approved subpoenas for former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about he mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.

Abramoff and Adam Kidan have insisted through their lawyers they know nothing about he slaying of Konstantionos (Gus) Boulis, former owner of the Mr. Submarine restaurant chain in Canada, who was ambushed in his car by a gunman in Fort Lauderdale a few months after the pair bought SunCruz Casinos from him.

A lawyer for Anthony (Big Tony) Moscatiello, one of theree men charged in the 2001 slaying, wants to question Abramoff and Kidan, court documents showed. Circuit Judge Michael Kaplan approved the request Thursday but the subpoenas had not been issued by yesterday morning.

The SunCruz purchase is “at the heart” of the murder case, Moscatiello lawyer Dave Bogenschutz said in court papers.

Abramoff and Kidan are not charged in the slaying but are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty earlier this year to fraud charges stemming from the purchase. Their lawyers did not return telephone calls or e-mails seeking comment yesterday.

Boulis had started at the bottom and worked his way up to owner of about 200 Mr. Submarine sandwich shops in Canada. He sold the shops in the late 1970s and moved to Florida.

Moscatiello is charged along with Anthony (Little Tony) Ferrari, 49, and 28-year-old James (Pudgy) Fiorillo in the Boulis killing. All three have pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Abramoff and Kidan face prison sentences of just more than seven years in the Florida fraud case.


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