Chaldean ‘Godfather’ and former Oakland County restaurateur’s parole rescinded, family devastated WITH VIDEO

By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN
Special to The Oakland Press
Louis Akrawi and his family might have thought someone was playing a cruel joke on them.

However, what has happened to Akrawi is no joke.

It’s a stark and somewhat confusing reality.

A Chaldean refugee from Iraq who fled Baghdad and the personal wrath of Saddam Hussein, eventually landing in Metro Detroit in the spring of 1968, Akrawi — described in federal records as the one-time “Godfather” of the area’s vast Chaldean community — was convicted in Wayne County Recorder’s Court in 1996 of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 to 25 years behind bars.

After serving 15 1/2 years in prison, the former Oakland County restaurateur and businessman was paroled back in November and released to his family in late February.

That’s where things get complicated.

In a rare move, following five days as a free man — spent with family and friends in Macomb County — the Michigan Parole Board decided to rescind Akrawi’s parole. The 64-year old, who wasn’t known to have violated any of his parole restrictions while free, was called into a meeting with his parole officer on Monday, Feb. 27 and taken back into custody.

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