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MP Marwan Tabbara’s assault trial pushed to September

Kitchener South—Hespeler MP Marwan Tabbara. Supplied

Former Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara has had his assault trial pushed back until the end of September.

The matter was briefly brought up in a Guelph, Ont. courtroom via a Zoom call on Friday before being adjourned until Sept. 25.

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Along with assault, Tabbara is also charged with breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence and criminal harassment.

There is a publication ban in place which prevents Global News from revealing any details about the court proceedings.

The Kitchener South — Hespeler MP was arrested in nearby Guelph on April 9 but the public was not made aware of the charges until Global News first reported them on June 5.

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Once the charges were revealed, Tabbara announced he was leaving the Liberal caucus.

“Other than to state unequivocally that every incident of violence is unacceptable and inexcusable, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further while this matter is before the court,” he said in a statement at the time.

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PMO learned of ‘serious charges’ against Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara on Friday: Trudeau – Jun 9, 2020

A few days later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was unaware of the charges prior to June 5.

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The 36-year-old Tabbara was first elected in 2015 in the riding, which includes the Hespeler area of Cambridge and the southern portion of Kitchener.

He now sits as an independent MP.

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