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Sask. man charged with uttering threats towards Prime Minister Trudeau

Grayson, Sask. man charged with uttering threats on social media towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grayson, Sask. man charged with uttering threats on social media towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

A Saskatchewan man has been charged for uttering threats towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mounties received a complaint on March 30 that threats had been made against Trudeau on social media.

An investigation was launched by the RCMP national security enforcement section.

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A second complaint of a similar nature was made on July 13.

On Tuesday, Christopher Hayes, 41, was arrested at his home in Grayson, Sask., where several electronic items were seized.

Hayes is charged with one count of uttering a threat.

Mounties say there was no direct contact between Hayes and Trudeau.

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Supt. Rob Cameron, assistant criminal operations officer, federal policing at “F” Division said all complaints are taken seriously, regardless of who it is made against.

“We take all complaints of this nature (threats) very seriously, no matter who the victim is or by what means the threat is conveyed, and investigate them to their fullest potential,” Cameron stated in a release.

“We can’t speculate on whether or not someone may or may not act on alleged threats made. In this instance we became aware of these alleged threats, conducted an investigation and laid charges against one person.”

The nature of the threats has not been released.

Hayes appeared in Yorkton provincial court on Wednesday and will make his next appearance on Aug. 8 in Melville provincial court.

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