Stay of proceedings after Jaspal Atwal

Category : Canada News
Updated On : June 19, 2019 02:12 AM
By Indian Times Daily

The BC Prosecution Service says it won't pursue a charge of uttering threats against the man who sparked a political firestorm when he attended an event during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's state visit to India last year.

The prosecution service says it has directed a stay of proceedings for Jaspal Atwal on a charge unrelated to Trudeau's state visit.

Atwal's lawyer Marvin Stern said in May 2018 that a charge of uttering threats was laid against his client following an alleged argument in April.

Atwal was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister during a visit to Vancouver Island in 1986, but has said he has since renounced terrorism.

Critics said he should never have received an invitation to the state event in Mumbai, where he was photographed in February 2018 with Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

The prosecution service says the stay was directed in court on June 7 after it receiving new information and determined the charge approval standard could no longer be met.

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