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Daughter of Quebec politician Amir Khadir to spend weekend behind bars

MONTREAL – The daughter of a Quebec politician charged in connection with disruptive protests will spend the weekend behind bars.

Yalda Machouf-Khadir is facing 11 charges in connection with a number of different events – including break and enter, conspiracy, mischief, assaulting a police officer and assaulting a news photographer.

The Crown objected to her release and to the release of three of the four other people arrested yesterday. Bail hearings are scheduled for Monday.

Defence lawyers questioned the timing of the arrests and the multi-day detention – which means the four will remain behind bars until after the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend. Protesters have promised to disrupt the high-profile event – considered the biggest and most lucrative annual tourist event in Canada.

Machouf-Khadir’s arrest came after her father, Amir Khadir, the sole elected member of the left-wing party Quebec solidaire, was detained and fined during a protest declared illegal by police in Quebec City.

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Her mother and a few dozen supporters were in the courtroom today for Machouf-Khadir’s brief appearance before a judge.

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