The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) tried Friday to justify his decision to bring criminal charges against Mamadi Fara Camara by going back chronologically to the events that led to his arrest and then to his detention for six days in Montreal.
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Accused of having disarmed and shot an agent from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Mamadi Fara Camara was finally released Wednesday, to everyone’s surprise, after seeing the evidence against him collapse.
In a desire to clarify its role, the DPCP said that “in principle, the prosecutor must have a complete file when authorizing the laying of a charge. However, it is not exceptional […] that the prosecutor lays charges even when the file is not complete, ”the DPCP said in a statement.
“This will be the case in particular when it is required to do so to preserve the safety of the public and ensure that the person arrested and detained appears within the maximum period of 24 hours”, it was argued.
In this expected outing, the DPCP defended itself by explaining that it was early in the morning of February 3 that new evidence was transmitted to it, without saying more.
“In the light of all the evidence then available, the DPCP comes to the conclusion that it is no longer possible to support the accusations against Mr. Camara. Consequently, that same day, a stay of proceedings was ordered, allowing the immediate release of Mr. Camara, ”it was explained.
It all started on January 28, at the end of the afternoon, when “the agent Sanjay Vig is attacked while he is proceeding to the delivery of a report for a violation of the Highway Safety Code”, said the DPCP.
“According to the information obtained from Agent Vig and the various circumstantial elements, the police officers proceed to the arrest of Mr. Camara”, one underlined.
The next day, the SPVM “sent a request to initiate proceedings to the DPCP with the evidence available at that time, in particular testimonies and information relating to the crime scene. In the afternoon, Mr. Camara appeared on the basis of this evidence ”.
It was the discovery of a surveillance video from the Quebec Ministry of Transport that completely changed the situation.
During his press briefing at the end of the day on Thursday, the director of the Montreal Police Department confirmed that a third person was at the scene of Agent Vig’s assault last week in the Parc neighborhood. -Extension, in the north of the city.
“As an investigation is still underway in this case, and out of respect for the judicial process, the DPCP will not make any further comments,” the DPCP said.