The case had dragged on too long according to the ruling.
In what seems to be another potential example of the elites getting the benefits of the system, a Quebec judge has thrown out the fraud and bribery charges that were against Stephane Roy, a former SNC-Lavalin executive.
According to BNN Bloomberg, “Quebec court Judge Patricia Compagnone made the decision ending the prosecution of Stephane Roy today. Roy was facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and bribing a foreign public official in connection with the company’s dealings with the regime of the late Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.”
Notably, “Roy was charged in 2014, and his trial was scheduled to begin at the end of May. His defence successfully invoked the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 Jordan decision that set time limits on criminal proceedings.”
So, Roy wasn’t cleared of the charges, the charges were simply thrown out because it took too long. But why did it take so long?
The government and the courts know what the law is. They know that delays can’t go on and on. So why did they let the delays get to the point where Roy’s attorneys could predictably invoke the specter of the delay to get the charges thrown out?
While more details need to emerge, this will feel to many Canadians like another example of the well-connected elites getting a different and special kind of ‘justice’ compared to the rest of the Canadian People.
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