A Quebec Court judge has rejected former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum’s request to throw out the fraud charges against him. Applebaum had argued in court last month the delay between his arrest and the start date for his trial in September 2017 was too long. On Tuesday, Judge Robert Marchi said the trial on charges of fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust will start this November, 10 months earlier than expected.
After the judge read his ruling, he called Applebaum to the witness box and informed him that the delay between his arrest and the trial would be shortened to 41 months instead of 51. The judge called that delay reasonable.
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