Chilliwack RCMP officer accused of lying in court
VANCOUVER - A veteran RCMP officer has been charged with lying while under oath during court testimony relating to a motor vehicle accident.
RCMP charged Cpl. Michael Nelson with perjury – a criminal code offence – over court testimony he gave in February 2009, said Cpl. Annie Linteau.
The charge stems from a 2007 car accident case from Chilliwack.
Cpl. Nelson has been summoned to appear in court on April 13, said Linteau.
“Cpl. Nelson has 22 years service with the RCMP and is currently posted to the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, but has been suspended from duty with pay since March 2009, relating to this allegation,” she added.
An internal code of conduct investigation has also begun and the cop will have to appear before an adjudication hearing.
The result can lead to sanctions including dismissal from the force.
Another person recently charged with perjury is convicted terrorist Inderjit Singh Reyat. Perjury charges are rarely laid but conviction can lead to jail time.
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