Former Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair’s case returned to court on Thursday, where he was formally charged with a second sexual assault, among other things.
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“The communication of the evidence has already been handed over to the defense,” Crown prosecutor Me Luc Pagé told the court on Thursday at the Montreal courthouse, while Boisclair was absent and represented by his lawyer.
Boisclair, 54, faces two criminal charges that could not only cost him his freedom but also force him to be placed on the sex offender registry if convicted.
According to the prosecution, his first crime occurred in Montreal in January 2014, only a few months after the end of his mandate as Quebec’s delegate general in New York.
The indictment states that he sexually assaulted a person while he was armed and with the participation of a third party.
The new accusation is one of sexual assault, which allegedly occurred in November 2015, still in the metropolis.
By court order, the identification of the plaintiffs in both cases is prohibited.
At the request of Mr. Michel Massicotte, of the defense, the two cases were postponed until April.
Until then, the lawyers will meet to take a stand on how to proceed at the next hearing in April.
But even though Boisclair’s lawyer announced that the delays are caused by the defense, Judge Suzanne Costom recalled that the company also expected an outcome to the case within a reasonable time.
“Even if the defense waives the deadlines, it has to move forward,” she said.