Montreal politics

May 16, 2016 10:10 am
Updated: May 16, 2016 5:36 pm

Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum asking court to dismiss corruption charges

WATCH ABOVE: Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was in court Monday to argue that there has been an unreasonable delay in his trial on corruption charges. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, his lawyer is suggesting the charges be dropped.

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MONTREAL – Former Montreal and Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough mayor Michael Applebaum was in court Monday to argue that there’s been an unreasonable delay in his trial.

READ MORE: Corruption-related prelim hearing starts for ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum

Applebaum faces charges of fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust related to several alleged questionable real estate projects in the CDN-NDG borough between 2006 and 2011, before he became mayor of Montreal.

READ MORE: Quebec judge rules Michael Applebaum corruption case to go to trial

WATCH BELOW: Michael Applebaum resigns from the Montreal mayoralty

He was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit UPAC at his home on June 17, 2013 and initially faced 14 charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, and corruption in municipal affairs.

READ MORE: Fraud case against ex-interim mayor Applebaum put off

Applebaum resigned as mayor of Montreal the next day, but maintained the allegations against him were unfounded.

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