Military’s Top Prosecutor, Police Officer Agree to Send Sex Crime Cases to Civilians

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A Canadian emblem  spot  is shown connected  a soldier's enarthrosis  successful  Trenton, Ont., connected  Oct. 16, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg)

A Canadian emblem spot is shown connected a soldier's enarthrosis successful Trenton, Ont., connected Oct. 16, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg)

OTTAWA—The military’s apical authoritative and constabulary serviceman accidental they volition transportation sexual misconduct cases to civilian authorities, and that they volition beryllium reaching retired to victims affected by the change.

In a statement, Col. Dylan Kerr, the manager of subject prosecutions, and Brig.-Gen. Simon Trudeau, the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, support the professionalism, dedication and competence of the subject prosecutors and constabulary officers nether their command.

Yet they besides admit the existent “crisis of confidence” successful the subject justness system, particularly erstwhile it comes to allegations of intersexual misconduct.

They accidental that is wherefore they are acting connected retired Supreme Court justness Louise Arbour’s telephone to transportation work for investigating and prosecuting subject intersexual misconduct cases of a transgression quality to civilian authorities.

On Thursday, Defence Minister Anita Anand said the authorities had agreed with Arbour’s recommendation, which follows allegations of intersexual misconduct against respective apical officers.

Trudeau and Kerr accidental they person already started enactment connected specified a transfer, with Trudeau processing directives for his officers and a model that volition springiness civilian constabulary “precedence” implicit probe of sexual assault and related transgression offences.

The 2 are besides promising talks with civilian counterparts crossed the state to guarantee a creaseless transition, and updates to victims whose cases are affected.

“To victims, who are astatine the forefront of each that we do, remainder assured that the subject constabulary volition enactment you passim immoderate transportation process to the civilian justness system,” the connection says.

“You and anyone affected by this alteration volition beryllium contacted successful the coming days by the subject constabulary to sermon the mode guardant and to reply immoderate questions you whitethorn have.”

The Canadian Press

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