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Camara case: the DPCP explains its approach

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Mamadi Camara was released by the court on Wednesday in light of new evidence in the case.  Photo: Radio-Canada

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Mamadi Camara was released by the court on Wednesday in light of new evidence in the case. Photo: Radio-Canada

The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) justified Thursday for having laid charges against Mamadi Camara explaining the chronology of the investigation file.

If “in principle” the prosecutor must have a complete file when authorizing the laying of a charge, “it is not exceptional for the prosecutor to lay charges even when the file is not complete”, writes Audrey Roy-Cloutier, spokesperson for the DPCP.

She explains that on January 28, at the end of the afternoon, the agent Sanjay Vig “Is attacked when he is issuing a report for an infringement of the Highway Safety Code “.

On January 29, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) sent a request to institute proceedings to the DPCP with the evidence available at that time.

In the afternoon, Mamadi Camara appeared on the basis of this evidence. With his consent, the release investigation is then postponed a first time to February 1, and a second time to February 3.

On February 3, “new evidence is transmitted to the DPCP,” she said.

“In the light of all the evidence then available”, the DPCP comes to the conclusion that it is no longer possible to support the charges against Mr. Camara and, consequently, orders a stop of the procedures allowing his immediate release.

“Since an investigation is still underway in this case, and out of respect for the judicial process, the DPCP will not make any further comments,” he wrote.

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