It has been more than 12 years since Ali al-Mayahi and his sister Saja perished in a house fire in Applewood.
The children, aged six and four respectively, were the innocent victims of a firebombing in November 2004.
Their mother, Salima Barih, was injured while jumping from the second-storey of their home during the fire.
Michael Sheets and Fernum Kezar, who were paid $60 each to commit the crime, eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received 15 and 16-year jail sentences.
Another man, Abdul Aziz Ellahib, was found guilty of manslaughter and arson charges and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
He took his case to the Alberta Court of Appeal, but in 2008, his appeal was denied.
Ellahib has argued he only hired Sheets and Kezar to assault Tahsin al-Mayahi, who wasn’t home at the time of the fire. He also argued he had no knowledge of the fire.
According to documents obtained by News Talk 770, the Parole Board of Canada said Ellahib’s stance hasn’t changed.
He recently applied for day parole and full parole. The board admits Ellahib, 51, has made some progress when it comes to programming in custody, but it hasn’t been enough to allow for any new freedoms.
“It is the Board’s opinion that you will present an undue risk to society if released on day parole or full parole and that your release will not contribute to the protection of society by facilitating your reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen,” the decision read.
The board points to a “criminally-entrenched pattern of behaviour in the community,” alluding to the utilization of criminal associates to carry out his crimes.
Aside from Sheets and Kezar, two others were initially charged in the case. Tony DeWitt, a man the Crown claimed gave the two men money to buy the gas for the Molotov cocktail, was found not guilty of arson. Ellahib’s wife, Manar Hussein, was found not guilty of manslaughter and arson charges.