Disgraced former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum has asked the court to throw out his criminal case. Applebaum fought back tears in court Monday morning as he asked for a stay of proceedings in his fraud case which began three years ago. He argued that court delays have jeopardized his personal and professional life. He was serving as interim mayor of Montreal when he was arrested by the province’s anti-corruption squad in June 2013 and charged with 14 counts including fraud, corruption, and breach of trust. Prosecutor Nathalie Kleber countered that Applebaum’s hardship is related to his notoriety and the charges he’s facing, not because of undue delays.
The judge will decide on June 28, 2016 if Applebaum’s petition to dismiss the case will be approved. The co-accused in the case pleaded guilty in 2015, but Applebaum maintains his innocence.
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