A fugitive wanted for the March 2011 murder of University of Toronto clerk Allan Lanteigne was extradited from Greece and returned to Canada on June 7.
Mladen Ivezic (also known as Michael), of Mississauga, appeared before a judge at Toronto’s Old City Hall courthouse on June 8 and was charged with first-degree murder.
Interpol issued a warrant for Ivezic in November. He was arrested by Hellenic Police and Interpol in Athens in January and detained until extradition. Investigators from the Toronto Police Service homicide squad and 14 Division returned Ivezic to Canada.
Police say the case is a domestic homicide.
In November, police arrested Demitry Papasotiriou, Lanteigne’s 32-year-old estranged husband. Papasotiriou faces a charge of first-degree murder in Lanteigne’s death and is awaiting trial.
Lanteigne was found dead on March 3, 2011, in the Ossington Avenue home he once shared with Papasotiriou, after colleagues became concerned about Lanteigne failure to show up for work.
Papasotiriou was in Switzerland working on a PhD in law at the time of the murder.
Police describe Ivezic as a “business associate” of Papasotiriou and allege that he is Papasotiriou’s co-conspirator in the murder. They have not released details of the alleged conspiracy between the two men. It is likely that police will allege that Papasotiriou hired a hit man to carry out the murder and that Papasotiriou gave him details of Lanteigne’s movements and a key to the house.
A related court case began in January over the proceeds of Lanteigne’s life insurance policies, for which Papasotiriou is the sole beneficiary. Papasotiriou says that even if he’s convicted of Lanteigne’s murder, the $2 million in settlements should not go to Lanteigne’s family.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding Ivezic’s or Papasotiriou’s movements or business affairs to contact them at 416â808â7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416â222âTIPS (8477), or online at 222tips.com.
With files from James Dubro.