Friday, August 12, 2022

Former defense chief Jonathan Vance’s case adjourned until October

OTTAWA—The obstructing justice case of former Defense Chief Jonathan Vance has been adjourned until October 15 after a brief virtual courtroom proceedings today.

Military police charged the former Canadian Armed Forces commander, who was not present but was represented by a lawyer at the hearing, with one count of obstruction of justice in July.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service alleged in court documents that Vance repeatedly contacted a woman identified as “KB” in early February and asked military investigators to “make false statements about her past relationships.” Tried to persuade him”.

Major Kelly Brennan told a parliamentary committee in April that he and Vance had an inappropriate relationship that began in 2001 and continued after he became chief of the defense staff in 2015.

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Crown Attorney Tim Radcliffe indicated during this morning’s hearing that the charge against Vance would be dealt with as a summary rather than an indictable offense.

Lawyer Rory Fowler, an expert in military law, says this means that if the case was an indictable offense, Vance would face a maximum of two years less prison if convicted, instead of up to 10 years.

Global News, which first reported the allegations made by Brennan in February, also reported that Vance allegedly sent a lewd email to a much junior member in 2012.

Vance has declined requests for comment from The Canadian Press, but Global reports that he has denied any wrongdoing. None of the charges have been proved in court.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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