Activist acquitted because Quebec City prosecutors were incapable of holding trial in English
|CTVnews 15 Jan 2020 at 15:58|
MONTREAL -- Activist Jaggi Singh, who has been facing charges stemming from his arrest at an anti-fascist protest held in 2017, walked out of Quebec City court a free man on Wednesday after prosecutors announced they were incapable of proceeding with Singh s trial in English.
, Steve Marquis, the chief Crown prosecutor for Quebec City, told Judge Pierre Bordeleau that neither he nor any of his available colleagues were capable of presenting the prosecution s arguments in English. (Singh, who is fluently bilingual, had requested a trial in English.)
Marquis - who told the judge that the original prosecutor in the case, who could proceed in English, was on maternity leave - asked for a delay in the proceedings, which Bordeleau denied. The judge then acquitted Singh on the two charges, obstruction of justice and impersonation, that he was facing.
Singh, 49, a veteran activist, was arrested Aug. 20, 2017, at an anti-fascist counter-protest to an alt-right gathering. When arrested, Singh told police his name was Michel Goulet (the name of an old Quebec Nordiques player) and said he resided in La Colisee (the Nordiques old arena).
Singh told Le Journal du Quebec on his way out of court that he felt the prosecution sabotaged its own case rather than lose the trial, which had been scheduled to run today through Friday.