Superior Court Judge France Charbonneau on Thursday released businessman Luigi Coretti from all charges after the Crown issued a request for a stay of proceedings. Coretti faced charges of fraud, forgery, and forgery in connection with the accounting operations of his security agency, BCIA.
Charges thrown out due to trial delays a growing problem in justice system
The charges dated back to 2012 and his lawyer filed a motion to stay the proceedings on the heels of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Jordan decision — which states that Superior Court trials must be completed within 30 months of the suspect’s arraignment. The trial was scheduled to take place in 2018, six years after Coretti was arrested. He had been at the heart of corruption news when he was alleged to have loaned a credit card to former family minister Tony Tomassi, who used it for personal reasons. Tomassi pleaded guilty in 2011 to a charge of fraud in this case.
Read more about the case at The Montreal Gazette.