Members of Gilles Vaillancourt’s ‘inner circle’ ready to testify against former mayor

LAVAL – Close to 30 defence attorneys gathered at the Laval Courthouse Monday to hear the latest details in the “Projet Honorer” case, involving former mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.

Prosecutor Richard Rougeau told the court five star witnesses will take the stand for the crown:

  • former Laval city manager, Gaetan Turbide
  • former assistant city manager, Jean Roberge
  • engineers Gilles Theberge, Marc Gendron, and Roger Desbois.

Rougeau asked the judge in the case to set the start of the preliminary inquiry to January or February 2015.

Lawyers for Vaillancourt and his 36 co-accused return to court April 30, when the inquiry’s start date will be set.

Seventy-year-old Gilles Vaillancourt is facing a dozen fraud-related charges, including two counts of gangsterism.

Police say the former mayor and a number of construction bosses worked together to fix the awarding of public contracts in Laval for years.

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Vaillancourt wasn’t present in court Monday, but a court order obliges him to be in attendance at the next hearing.


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