Frank Zampino defends himself at trial

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Frank Zampino, the former head of Montreal’s executive committee, is accused of using his political influence to help a developer in his bid to secure a housing development contract.

Zampino, who held the second most powerful political position at city hall, is currently on trial for fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust for his alleged interference in the Faubourg-Contrecoeur contract.

The Crown prosecutor Pascal Lescarbeau questioned Zampino Thursday afternoon about his frequent meetings with developers. Zampino defended his close relationships with developers saying that it is important for politicians to meet with business people.

“I will not excuse myself from meeting with developers,” testified Zampino, “that was my job.”

Zampino told the court he was always able to separate his personal relationships from his responsibilities as a politician.

His cross-examination will continue today.

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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.