The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) has decided not to appeal the acquittals of Gilbert Rozon and Éric Salvail, both accused of sexual assault in separate cases.
In two different tweets, the DPCP used the same terms to justify its decision not to appeal the verdicts: “this judgment is essentially based on the assessment of the evidence and, given the applicable legal rules, the prosecutor does not can appeal on a question of fact, ”wrote the spokesperson for the DPCP, Me Audrey Roy-Cloutier.
The DPCP carried out an exhaustive analysis of the decision rendered in Eric Salvail’s case. This verdict is based on the assessment of the credibility of the witnesses and, since we find no error of law, we announce our decision not to appeal it.
– Me Audrey Roy-Cloutier (@AudreyDPCP) January 15, 2021
Former host Eric Salvail was acquitted of charges of sexual assault, forcible confinement and harassment on December 18. The judge determined that the evidence as well as the testimony of the alleged victim, Donald Duguay, did not allow the accused’s guilt to be demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt.
Three days earlier, the founder of Just for Laughs, Gilbert Rozon was also acquitted of the charges of rape and indecent assault brought against him by the plaintiff Annick Charette. In her case, Justice Mélanie Hébert also argued “reasonable doubt” for the benefit of the accused.