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Felony allegations towards UPAC officers despatched to Quebec’s public safety minister


A choose discovered final yr that UPAC and prosecutors hid proof from the defence and recommended they had been ready to lie underneath oath.

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UPAC commissioner Frédérick Gaudreau has despatched allegations of felony acts involving cops along with his group to Quebec Public Safety Minister Geneviève Guilbault.

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The allegations goal two managers and two investigators, regarding a keep in proceedings in a case towards the previous mayor of Terrebonne, Jean-Marc Robitaille, and his co-accused.

The 4 UPAC members had been reassigned to administrative duties whereas the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes investigated.

In October 2021, Decide Nancy McKenna blamed the UPAC investigators and Crown prosecutors for the case towards Robitaille, saying they violated guidelines of process by not divulging, or divulging too late, proof within the case to the defence. The choose stated the officers tried to cover the knowledge, which may have damage the credibility of a key witness.

“The behaviour of the state undermined the integrity of the judicial course of,” McKenna wrote in ordering a keep.

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The choose additionally stated cops “are able to lie underneath oath to cover the reality.”

Article 286 of the Police Act states that “the director of a police pressure should notify the minister, immediately, of any allegation towards a police officer regarding a felony offence” except it’s thought-about frivolous or unfounded.

UPAC spokesperson Mathieu Galarneau stated UPAC requested for recommendation from the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP) in December and acquired a response solely this week.

Within the felony case that sparked the allegations, the Crown sought to reveal that Robitaille had applied a contract-sharing scheme between sure engineering companies. The Crown additionally supposed to show that Robitaille, who was mayor of Terrebonne from 1997 to 2016, had drastically benefited from the association.

Robitaille was arrested in March 2018 together with former chief of employees Daniel Bélec, former Terrebonne assistant common supervisor Luc Papillon, entrepreneur Normand Trudel and engineer Jean Leroux. Leroux died earlier than the case was stayed.

A month after the keep was issued, the DPCP stated it will enchantment McKenna’s choice.

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