More than three years after Michael Applebaum’s term as Montreal mayor was cut short after seven months by corruption charges, his trial is getting underway. The former mayor was supposed to be the leader who would erase the stain of corruption from city hall, but instead he was soon caught up in a scandal of his own. Today begins his trial and the chance to clear his name for the public record.
Applebaum is charged with conspiracy, breach of trust, and two forms of corruption: municipal corruption and fraud on the government. Since the day he resigned from office, Applebaum has maintained his innocence. He has called the charges against him unfounded. Applebaum has requested to have a trial before a judge alone, rather than a jury. The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.
Read more about Applebaum’s case at CBC News.
This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.