André Boisclair was arrested again by the police on Wednesday. The former head of Quebec Party is accused of sexual assault, confirmed the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).
“The DPCP confirms the filing of a sexual assault charge against André Boisclair. Subject to a targeted arrest warrant, the latter was arrested and questioned this afternoon by the SPVM police officers. [Service de police de la Ville de Montréal] », Said the spokesperson of the organization, Mr.e Audrey Roy-Cloutier. The events with which he is accused allegedly took place in Montreal on November 22, 2015.
Mr. Boisclair was released on condition pending his appearance at the Montreal courthouse, scheduled for 1is next march. A court order protects the identity of the alleged victim, and any publication of identifying information is prohibited.
This is the second time in less than a year that the ex-politician has been arrested by the police. Last spring, he was charged with sexual assault with the participation of another person and sexual assault with a weapon. He had pleaded not guilty in July.
André Boisclair was elected for the first time under the banner of the PQ in 1989. In November 2005, he was elected at the head of the sovereignist formation, before resigning in May 2007 after an electoral defeat. He left his post as MP a few months later.
The man, who is 54 years old, was then delegate general of Quebec in New York from 2012 to 2013, then director general of the Institute of Urban Development of Quebec from June 2016. He resigned in the spring after the laying of charges against him.