“Cruel and inhuman” judicial delays, denounces Nathalie Normandeau
According to her, victim of “cruel and inhuman” judicial delays, ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nathalie Normandeau filed a second motion to stay the proceedings to drop the three charges of breach of trust, fraud against the government and corruption in municipal affairs that weigh against it.
The former politician and radio host released a statement Thursday morning, more political than legal, to announce it.
This is all that is available for the moment; the 29-page request filed by Ms. Normandeau’s lawyer, Me Maxime Roy, must be redacted by the Office of Independent Investigation since it refers to the Oath investigation into leaks at UPAC.
After three years, nine months and 27 days of legal proceedings, Nathalie Normandeau says that she is placed in an untenable personal and professional situation. “At 51, I have to make a living,” she insists.
Nathalie Normandeau argued that the decision to file a stay of proceedings under Jordan was not her wish, as she always wanted a trial. “Faced with lengthening delays and unnecessarily complex procedures, I chose to do so. Our justice system provides this option as the ultimate remedy for unacceptable delays. ”
With the Jordan decision, the Supreme Court decreed ceilings of 18 months of time for cases without preliminary inquiry, as is the case with Ms. Normandeau, and 30 months for those with preliminary inquiry. There are exceptions depending on the complexity of the cases.
In March 2018, the Court of Quebec refused to stay proceedings under unreasonable delays to Nathalie Normandeau. The deadlines were then 25 months.
Mired in several preliminary motions, the trial of Nathalie Normandeau and her five co-defendants, including Marc-Yvan Côté, cannot be held before the end of 2020.
Nathalie Normandeau was arrested by UPAC in March 2016, the day of the provincial budget.
The management of the hearing of this second request for unreasonable delays will be heard next Monday by judge André Perreault of the Court of Quebec.