Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister's Husband Agrees to Psychiatric Assessment on Charges He Assaulted Her

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister's Husband Agrees to Psychiatric Assessment on Charges He Assaulted Her

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Minister's spouse agrees to psych assessment

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HALIFAX - The husband of Nova Scotia's immigration minister stood quietly Thursday as he consented to a psychiatric assessment amid charges he assaulted, threatened and choked his wife on New Year's Eve.

Maroun Diab appeared briefly in Halifax provincial court and was remanded for the assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital to determine his fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

Diab had been released on a series of conditions last month, including one prohibiting him from having any contact with his wife, Lena Diab, and two other people.

But his lawyer Mark Knox said he was later admitted to hospital under the province's Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act and was brought to court Thursday by staff from the Abbie J. Lane hospital.

"I've spoken to Mr. …

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