The prosecutor who led the case against Mamadi III Fara Camara from the start is a big name in the prosecution: Anne-Andrée Charette, deputy chief prosecutor in Montreal.
It is this lawyer of great experience who gave her approval to the accusations against the laboratory manager of Polytechnique on January 29. It was also she who had him released on Wednesday.
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The newspaper spoke briefly with Mr.e Charette yesterday.
“Yes, I am the prosecutor who authorized the case,” she assured. I had appointed another prosecutor to investigate the release, but there was none. So keep my name on file: I’m here. “
She declined to explain how she made the decision to initiate proceedings against Mamadi III Fara Camara and then to maintain the charges for nearly a week.
The lawyer for the accused assures that no direct evidence against his client was included in the file he received from his office on Tuesday.
“There are no fingerprints, DNA, gunpowder …”, illustrated Thursday Me Cédric Materne in an interview.
The director remains silent
Unlike the chief of police, the acting director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP), Vincent Martinbeault, refuses to explain himself on the Camara file, despite requests for clarification that fuse from City Hall in Ottawa.
The spokesperson for the DPCP, Audrey Roy-Cloutier, refused the interview request of our Bureau of Investigation.
In a statement, she explains that to charge a suspect, a prosecutor “must be convinced” that he can reasonably be convicted on the basis of the evidence.
In principle, it initiates the procedures when the police investigation is completed, but it can also do it before, in particular to “preserve the safety of the public”.
The prosecutor must remain convinced “throughout the proceedings” that the accused can be convicted, said the press release yesterday.
“If he loses that conviction, he must stop the proceedings. “
This is precisely what happened on Wednesday, when Anne-Andrée Charette had Mamadi Camara released.