Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fraud Case of Ex-Quebec Deputy Premier Nathalie Normandeau to Resume Aug. 29

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fraud Case of Ex-Quebec Deputy Premier Nathalie Normandeau to Resume Aug. 29

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Nathalie Normandeau: fraud case resumes Aug. 29

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QUEBEC - Lawyers defending ex-Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau and six co-accused against fraud charges told a judge Tuesday they will argue at a preliminary hearing there should be no trial.

The attorneys also told Quebec court Judge Alain Morand that if he decides there is enough evidence for a trial, all seven want to be tried together by a jury.

Normandeau is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012.

She and her co-accused were arrested in mid-March.

Crown prosecutor Pascal Lescarbeau said lawyers for the seven will argue during the preliminary hearing there isn't enough evidence to proceed to a full trial. …

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