Readers, I truly do not understand the process of laying charges in BC. It has been explained to me but I find it very, very confusing.
The evidence of the crime of polygamy and the crimes against women and children there are in full view. Now we have the threat that FLDS babies are being taken from their mothers and moved elsewhere. Some mothers are allowed to go with their babies but others are not and do not know where these babies are going! We want to know if babies are being trafficked across the Canadian border.
Here is the press release from the BC AG’s office (thank you to the reporter who forwarded it to us):
Jan. 9, 2012
Ministry of Attorney General
New Bountiful special prosecutor to be appointed
VICTORIA – The following is a statement from Attorney General Shirley Bond regarding her direction to appoint a new special prosecutor:
“I have been informed by the assistant deputy attorney general for thecriminal justice branch that Richard Peck, QC, no longer desires to continue on in his role as a special prosecutor for the Province withregard to possible criminal offenses that have occurred in Bountiful, B.C.
“Specifically, there is an ongoing RCMP investigation into allegationsthat underage girls were transported between Bountiful and the UnitedStates, and that these and other activities from the early 1980’s topresent day may have involved serious criminal offences, including childsexual exploitation, sexual assault and procurement.
“As attorney general, I am very concerned about these allegations. As such, today, I have sent a letter to the assistant deputy attorney general(ADAG) instructing him to appoint a new special prosecutor. It is my understanding that the ADAG intends to proceed quickly with this new appointment.
“It is important that the Crown have a special prosecutor available toreview any police reports received as a result of the RCMP’s investigations. It is my expectation that the new prosecutor will liaise with the RCMP during their investigation, review police reports to determine if criminal charges are warranted and, where appropriate, carry through with the laying of charges and conduct of any prosecutions.
“I anticipate that, in keeping with the usual practice of the criminal justice branch, if the special prosecutor decides that there is not a substantial likelihood of a criminal conviction or that a prosecution is not in the public interest, the branch will issue a statement summarizing the reasons of the special prosecutor for that decision.
“I would like to thank Mr. Peck for his contributions during the past six years. He has impressive credentials as a senior criminal lawyer, and hehas been thorough and diligent in reviewing the matters that have beenforwarded to him. His perspective was very much appreciated.
“I have asked legal counsel to study the reference case decision provided by Chief Justice Bauman and provide their advice as to any further actionsfor the Province in relation to that decision.
“While this is still ongoing, I do expect to be able to provide further information on government’s actions in relation to the reference case in the coming weeks.”
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Ministry of Attorney General
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