Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested for corruption
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Montreal, Québec, Canada, was arrested at about 6am (1000 ) yesterday morning by the Unité permanente anticorruption ((en))French language: Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit on fourteen charges including corruption, fraud, breach of trust, and conspiracy, including reportedly a 50,000 bribe., the current interim mayor of
Commissioner Robert Lafrenière said the alleged illegal acts occurred between 2006 and 2011 and relate to two real-estate projects in theborough. The indicated one of these projects was the borough's new 15 million dollar sports complex. Applebaum is now one of several Québec mayors who have been accused of corruption in the past few years, including the previous Montreal mayor and Mayor .
Several politicians are calling on Applebaum to resign, including Québec Premier, to let the city continue on with its affairs. A few others, such as leader , are suggesting to put the city on a trusteeship as Laval was a few weeks ago, but Municipal Affairs Minister says this will not happen, as only a few people are implicated, unlike Laval, where nearly the entire city council was implicated.
Two other people were arrested on charges related to the same real-estate deals:, former city councillor, on five charges; and Jean-Yves Bisson, a bourough official, on four charges.
A second interim minister is to be nominated for the rest of Tremblay's term, until the next municipal election is held in November.
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